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Officials Ask The Public To Find Person Behind Animal Poisonings

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The Wisconsin DNR, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service are asking the public’s help in solving several cases involving the poisoning deaths of domestic dogs and wildlife since December.

One of the deaths includes a wolf.

Dog deaths have occurred in Bayfield, Marinette and Florence counties, however, it is unknown if other counties could be involved. In addition to the poisoning of 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.

Investigators say the poison was found on the ground in rural areas and subsequently was eaten by the dogs. Each dog died in less than 30 minutes.

Officials say people walking their pets are recommended to keep them on leashes. If you have information or a tip, you're asked to contact the confidential DNR Violation Hotline, by calling or texting: 1-800-TIP-WDNR.

The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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