UPDATE: Federal reward for information on poisonings offered
NORTHERN WISCONSIN. (WFRV) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a reward for information regarding poisoning cases in northern Wisconsin.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the reward is up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or charges being filed against a responsible party.
This is a federal reward from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Wisconsin DNR is not involved in the reward process.
At this time, lab tests are underway to confirm the cause of the deaths within the wildlife cases.
Anyone with information about the wildlife and dog deaths is asked to contact the Service Office of Law Enforcement in Madison at 608-221-1206.
Fatal dog and wildlife poisoning in northern Wisconsin, DNR asking for public’s help
FRIDAY 4/19/19 11:19 a.m.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service are seeking the public’s help in solving several cases involving the poisoning deaths of domestic dogs and wildlife since December.
Dog deaths have occurred in Bayfield, Marinette and Florence County; however, it is unknown if other counties could be involved.
In addition to the poisoning of these family pets, investigators also found dead coyotes, weasels, raccoons and one wolf that they suspect also were poisoned.
The DNR says lab tests are underway to confirm the cause of death in these wildlife cases.
The DNR also says the deaths occurred on public properties in these counties managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Goodman Timber Company.
This photo shows an actual sample recovered by WDNR law enforcement at one of the locations of a canine fatality.
Investigators say the poison was found on the ground in rural areas and subsequently was ingested by the dogs.
Each dog died in 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 possible contact with any possible poison.
If you have information or a tip – no matter how insignificant it may seem – please contact the WDNR Violation Hotline.
You may confidentially report by calling or texting: 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847- 9367. You also may report online: https://dnrx.wisconsin.gov/rav/ The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff relay report information to conservation wardens.