MADISON, Wis. (WLUC) - The Wis. Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service are seeking the public’s help in solving several cases involving the poisoning deaths of domestic dogs and wildlife since December.
Dog deaths have occurred in Bayfield, Marinette and Florence County; however, it is unknown if other counties could be involved. In addition to the unfortunate poisoning of these family pets, investigators also found dead coyotes, weasels, raccoons and one wolf that they suspect also were poisoned. Lab tests are underway to confirm the cause of death in these wildlife cases.
The deaths occurred on public properties in these counties managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Goodman Timber Company.
The photo shows an actual sample recovered by WDNR law enforcement at one of the locations of a canine fatality.
Investigators say the poison was found on the ground in rural areas and subsequently was ingested by the dogs. Each dog died in less than 30 minutes after ingestion. People walking their pets are recommended to keep them on leashes to restrict their movements off roadways and into potential contact with any possible poison.
If you have information or a tip – no matter how insignificant it may seem – please contact the WDNR Violation Hotline. You may confidentially report by calling or texting: 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. You also may report online https://dnrx.wisconsin.gov/rav/. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff relay report information to conservation wardens.