Apparent dog, wildlife poisoning in northern Wisconsin under investigation

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MADISON, WI — Several agencies are asking community members to help solve several dog poisoning cases in northern Wisconsin.

According to a news release Friday, instances have been reported in Bayfeld County, as well as Marinette and Florence Counties; however, it is unknown if other counties could be involved.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials say dogs have been killed by poisoning in rural areas, and are also investigating the deaths of wildlife, such as coyotes, weasels, raccoons and one wolf, which are also suspected of being poisoned.

Authorities say the dogs ingested the poison, and each dog died in less than 30 minutes after eating the poison.

Anyone walking their pets are asked to keep them on leashes and to restrict their movements off roadways and contact with any possible poison.

The wildlife deaths are currently being tested to confirm the cause of death.

The deaths have happened on public properties managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Goodman Timber Company.

Wisconsin DNR law enforcement members recovered a sample of suspected poison at one of the locations where a dog died.

If you have any information or a tip, you’re asked to contact the Wisconsin DNR Violation Hotline at 1-800-TIP-WDNR, or 1-800-847-9367.

Tips may be confidentially reported at that number, which is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Tips may also be reported by clicking here.

Krystal Frasier

Krystal Frasier

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