Bear baiting is a major component of the bear hound hunting culture in Wisconsin (see "Bear Baiting" fact sheet and "Bear Hounds" link).

Bears are not the only animals that become habituated to bait; Wisconsin's Wolves do as well.  For 3-1/2 months of the year (hound dog training & hunting) baiting leads to violent dogfighting between hound dogs and wolves. Hound dogs are run off of bait sites during training (7/1-8/31) as well as hunting.  Wolves are moving their young to rendezvous sites at this time and will defend their young to the death:  It is dogfighting and both dogs and wolves die.  

Baiting Bears & wildlife press release.p
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