Several dogs and wild animals have died in northern Wisconsin due to poisoning, according to Department of Natural Resources officials, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service officials.
Dog deaths have occurred in Bayfield, Marinette and Florence counties; however, it is unknown if other counties could be involved, the DNR said in a press release. 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 managed by the U.S Forest Service and Goodman Timber Company. The poison was found on the ground in rural areas and was ingested by the dogs. Each dog died 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 contact with possible poison.
If you have information or a tip, no matter how insignificant it may seem, contact the DNR violation hotline. Tips can be confidential by calling or texting 800-TIP-WDNR or 800-847-9367. Tips can be sent to https://dnrx.wisconsin.gov/rav.
Local dog not poisoned
A woman suspected her dog of having been poisoned earlier this month; however, it was later determined to have died of natural causes.
On April 9, a woman brought in her dog to the Animal Hospital of Chetek. The pet had died and she had suspected it of being poisoned and a necropsy was performed, according to Barron County dispatch logs.
Veterinarian Dr. Kamran Kahn said a small, previously unnoticed tumor was found in the dog’s heart and it had ruptured, which is why the dog died suddenly. It was not poisoned, he said.