I am sorry that during the last year Wisconsin bear hunters have lost 28 hounds to wolves. But, I'm not sorry for the hunters.
I am sorry for me, because I, as a taxpayer, had to contribute to their $70,000 reimbursement for lost property that they put in harms way by knowingly running hounds through areas inhabited by wolves. They often did so during a period when wolves would be especially protective of their territory and their young.
I'm especially sorry for the dogs, who had no choice but do what they were trained to do.
Bear hunting is a chosen "sport," one that may be expensive. I imagine a good bear hunting dog and the training involved in getting him or her to "good" is expensive. But, it's the hunter's choice, and hunters should be willing and able to absorb the costs when things go wrong.
Gillian Nevers, Madison