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Wolves kill two dogs that were training for bear hunt

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New Richmond, 54017
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

Wolves in northern Wisconsin have killed two dogs that were training to hunt bear.

A third dog was also injured in the attacks, which took place this week in Sawyer and Oneida counties.

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Adrian Wydeven of the state Department of Natural Resources said they're the first such wolf attacks in this year's dog training season, which runs through July and August.

Hunters released the animals to chase bears as part of their training.

Experts say the incidents most often happen where wolves are protecting young pups.

The hunters who lose the dogs are compensated but many bear hunters want the DNR to reduce the wolf population.

On the other hand, wolf supporters say the dogs have no right to run loose on public property where the training is supposed to take place.

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