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Terry Moulton

Hunters press committee to pass anti-harassment bill

Hunters pressed Wisconsin lawmakers Wednesday to approve a bill prohibiting people from harassing them in the woods, telling two legislative committees they fear animal rights activists may hurt them or their dogs.

The Republican-backed bill is largely a response to activities by the Wolf Patrol, a group of animal rights activists who followed and filmed wolf hunters in Wisconsin and Montana in 2014 looking for illegal activity. The federal government placed Great Lakes wolves back on the endangered species list in December, ending Wisconsin's wolf hunts. But bear hunters fear the Wolf Patrol has now targeted them for harassment.

The Senate and Assembly's sporting heritage...