From this story on thenorthwestern.com:
The payments came under a little-known program administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources that paid thousands for cattle, horses and pets that were eviscerated by the state's growing wolf population.What may come as a surprise is that taxpayers also paid $428,000 in reimbursements for hunting hounds devoured by wolves while tracking game like black bear and rabbits. The state paid $37,000 for 15 dogs killed last year, for instance. That doesn't sit well with a group of humane societies that want to shut down the state's inaugural wolf hunt before it begins Oct. 15 because it allows hunters to use up to six dogs to track and trail wolves. "We as taxpayers have been, and will be, on the hook for the human behavior of putting dogs in harm's way in wolf territory," said attorney Jodi Habush Sinykin, who is representing the group that filed the lawsuit in Dane County Court earlier this month.As of June, the DNR had paid animal owners $214,794.16 this year for wolf kills, the most in state history, according to DNR records.