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Ground meat contaminated with an unknown poison has led to multiple domestic dog deaths, as well as other wildlife fatalities, on public lands in Bayfield, Marinette, and Florence counties.
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Ground meat contaminated with an unknown poison has led to multiple domestic dog deaths, as well as other wildlife fatalities, on public lands in Bayfield, Marinette, and Florence counties.
4/23/2019 7:30:00 AM
Public's help sought in dog, wildlife fatal poisoning cases in northern Wisconsin counties
Multiple poisoning incidents have taken place on public lands since December

The Wisconsin 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 counties, 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 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.

Investigators said 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.

Contact the WDNR Violation Hotline with any information or tip at 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367 or https://dnrx.wisconsin.

gov/rav/. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained staff relay reported information to conservation wardens.





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