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NR 17.045(3)(h)2. 2. Coyote and fox. Captive animal refuge areas shall be available or provided for coyote and fox at a rate of not less than one area for each captive animal within the enclosure and not less than one per full 15 acres. Each refuge area shall be readily available to any coyote or fox held inside the hound dog training enclosure and may not be located immediately adjacent to any other refuge area. All minimum required captive animal refuge areas shall be evenly distributed throughout the enclosure.
NR 17.045(3)(h)3. 3. Rabbits. Sufficient barrier areas shall be provided for rabbits held within an enclosure to provide refuge and escape areas for all of the rabbits held within the enclosure.
NR 17.045(3)(i) (i) Density of captive animals. No less than 2 coyote or fox may be present in a hound dog training enclosure, and no more than 2 coyote or fox may be present per each full 15 acres in a hound dog training enclosure.
NR 17.045(4) (4)Disease prevention. At the time of inspection, the department may require specific health management procedures as deemed necessary, including mandatory disease investigation, testing and disease reporting. The department will contact the owner or operator if additional health management procedures are deemed necessary after a permit is issued. In addition, the enclosure owner or operator shall agree to all of the following:
NR 17.045(4)(a) (a) Fees.
NR 17.045(4)(a)1.1. Inspection or treatment by a licensed veterinarian or both when required shall be at the sole expense of the owner or operator of the hound dog training enclosure.
NR 17.045(4)(a)2. 2. In the event of disease outbreaks, costs associated with the testing, depopulating, cleaning and disinfecting the enclosure shall be the sole expense of the owner or operator of the hound dog training enclosure.
NR 17.045(4)(b) (b) Release of diseased animals. The owner or operator may not release or permit the release into a hound dog training enclosure of any wild animals or dogs that are diseased or have been exposed to diseased animals.
NR 17.045(4)(c) (c) Testing. The department may conduct disease testing and take samples of any species of wildlife within the hound dog training enclosure.
NR 17.045(4)(d) (d) Permit suspension. The department may suspend a hound dog training enclosure permit and the operation of any hound dog training enclosure or prohibit by verbal or written notice the release of any coyote, fox, or rabbit into any hound dog training enclosure when the department deems it necessary to prevent the threat or presence of wildlife diseases which may pose a threat to native wildlife populations, domestic livestock or public safety.
NR 17.045(5) (5)Additional provisions.
NR 17.045(5)(a) (a) Age. All captive coyote and fox released into a hound dog training enclosure shall be at least 9 months of age.
NR 17.045(5)(b) (b) Marking. Coyote and fox may not be released into a hound dog training enclosure unless first individually tagged, tattooed or otherwise permanently marked with a unique individual animal identification number which is recorded in the records required to be kept under s. NR 17.11 (2) (d).
NR 17.045(5)(c) (c) Reproduction. When more than one coyote or fox is released into a hound dog training enclosure, all additional animals of the same species that are of a different sex shall be spayed or neutered by a licensed veterinarian prior to release into the hound dog training enclosure.
NR 17.045 Note Note: Breeding or propagating of captive wild animals is not authorized under a hound dog training, dog trial or dog club training license. However, the unintentional breeding of rabbits within in a hound dog training enclosure is not a violation of this section.
NR 17.045(5)(d) (d) Surgical modifications. Any physical modifications, including the docking of tails, done to a coyote or fox shall be done by a licensed veterinarian. The hound dog training enclosure permittee shall maintain written documentation of veterinary involvement in any physical modification done to a coyote or fox.
NR 17.045(5)(e) (e) Veterinarian of record. The applicant of any hound dog training enclosure permit shall provide the department with a written statement, by a Wisconsin certified veterinarian, which certifies that the veterinarian is the training enclosure veterinarian, having established a valid veterinarian-client relationship with the applicant.
NR 17.045(6) (6)Dogs.
NR 17.045(6)(a) (a) Licensing. Any person that releases a dog or dogs into a hound dog training enclosure shall keep on the dog or have present at the enclosure any tag required for the dog under s. 95.21 (2) (f), 174.05, 174.053 or 174.07 (1), Stats.
NR 17.045(6)(b) (b) Number of dogs. No person may place or allow the placement of more than 3 dogs into any coyote or fox hound dog training enclosure for each coyote or fox that is present in the enclosure.
NR 17.045(6)(c) (c) Age. No dogs less than 5 months of age are permitted in hound dog training enclosures that contain coyote or fox.
NR 17.045(7) (7)Revocation. If the owner or operator of a hound dog training enclosure has their hound dog training license or enclosure permit revoked or fails to renew their hound dog training license for any reason, the owner or operator of the enclosure shall remove all coyotes, foxes or rabbits as directed by the department.
NR 17.045(8) (8)Compliance and enforcement.
NR 17.045(8)(a) (a) Existing enclosures.
NR 17.045(8)(a)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., all hound dog training enclosures for coyote and fox operating under the authority of a hound dog training or dog club training license prior to July 1, 2007, shall comply with all provisions in this section.
NR 17.045(8)(a)2. 2. Hound dog training enclosures for fox and coyote operating under the authority of a hound dog training or dog club training license prior to July 1, 2007, and that are at least 60 acres, but less than 75 acres, shall comply with all provisions in this section except the acreage requirement under sub. (3) (e).
NR 17.045(8)(a)3. 3. Not withstanding subd. 2., if the holder of the hound dog training enclosure permit fails to renew the permit within 45 days after the permit's expiration date, the permit may not be renewed unless the applicant complies with the acreage requirement under sub. (3) (e).
NR 17.045(8)(a)4. 4. Animals existing in the enclosure shall be considered captive if possessed under a hound dog or dog club training license prior to July 1, 2007. Owners or operators of enclosures with animals described in this subdivision shall comply with sub. (5) by December 31, 2007.
NR 17.045(8)(b) (b) New enclosures. All individuals who were not operating a hound dog training enclosure under the authority of a hound dog training or dog club training license prior to July 1, 2007, shall comply with this section.
NR 17.045(8)(c) (c) Enforcement. Owners or operators of hound dog training enclosures that have applied for a permit under sub. (1) (b) by December 31, 2007 that do not meet the minimum structural or design requirements under this section shall bring their enclosures into compliance by December 31, 2008.
NR 17.045 History History: CR 05-104: cr. Register June 2007 No. 618, eff. 7-1-07.
NR 17.047 NR 17.047Sources of captive wild animals for hound dog training.
NR 17.047(1)(1)Resident captive sources. Except as provided in this section, bobcat, coyote, fox, rabbit or raccoon used for hound dog training shall be obtained from a legal resident captive bred source.
NR 17.047(2) (2)Wild sources. No free-ranging wild animals captured from the wild may be used for hound dog training purposes, except:
NR 17.047(2)(a) (a) Coyotes and raccoons that are live trapped on a Wisconsin licensed wild fur farm.
NR 17.047(2)(b) (b) Coyotes, raccoons, and rabbits that are live trapped for relocation under s. NR 12.10 (1) (a) 5. and (b) 1. and 5.
NR 17.047(3) (3)Transfer. Coyotes, raccoons, or rabbits live trapped under s. NR 12.10 (1) (a) 5. and (b) 1. and 5. may not be live trapped and relocated from one enclosure to another, unless the animal is transferred to the owner or operator of an enclosure with a valid hound dog training enclosure permit for that enclosure.
NR 17.047(4) (4)Nonresident captive source. Unless authorized by the department, captive wild animals from out of state may not be used within a hound dog training enclosure. If the department authorizes use of an imported captive animal for use in hound dog training enclosures, the animal shall be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection as required under s. ATCP 10.06 and a copy of the certificate maintained with the records required to be kept under s. NR 17.11 (2) (d) and a copy shall be provided to the department with quarterly reports required under s. 169.36 (9) (b), Stats. When determining whether to issue an authorization under this subsection, the department shall consider whether the animal originates from a state or country with suspected or known infectious wildlife diseases.
NR 17.047 Note Note: To request the use of an imported captive wild animal, contact the state wildlife veterinarian, (608) 266-8204.
NR 17.047 History History: CR 05-104: cr. Register June 2007 No. 618, eff. 7-1-07; CR 19-146: am. (2) (b), (3) Register June 2020 No. 774, eff. 7-1-20; correction in (2) (b), (3) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register June 2020 No. 774.
NR 17.05 NR 17.05 Classes of dog training grounds.
NR 17.05(1)(1)Class 1 dog training grounds. Class 1 dog training grounds are those posted, marked or designated department lands where dog training is authorized year-round. Dog trainers may use equine animals where approved by the department or by posted notice. Class 1 dog training grounds include the following:
NR 17.05(1)(a) (a) Richard Bong state recreation area — special use zone.
NR 17.05(1)(b) (b) George W. Mead wildlife area.
NR 17.05(1)(c) (c) Lower Wisconsin River wildlife area — Mazomanie unit.
NR 17.05(1)(d) (d) Kettle Moraine state forest — northern and Ottawa units.
NR 17.05(1)(e) (e) Pine Island wildlife area.
NR 17.05(2) (2)Class 2 dog training grounds. Class 2 dog training grounds are those department lands not established in sub. (1), but are designated on the license and approved by the department. The department may deny or restrict dog training on department lands if dog training is determined to be inconsistent with the master plan, property plan, wildlife management objectives, or federal requirements.
NR 17.05 History History: CR 03-031: cr. Register October 2003 No. 574, eff. 11-1-03.
NR 17.06 NR 17.06 Bird dog trial license.
NR 17.06(1)(1)Authority. A bird dog trialing license authorizes the licensee and participants in an organized competitive field event that involves sporting dog breeds and that is sanctioned, licensed or recognized by a local, state, regional or national dog organization to possess and use for dog trialing only, captive wild pheasants of the species phasianus colchicus or syrmaticus reevesii, quail of the subfamily odontophorinae, gray partridge, chukar partridge, red-legged partridge and mallard ducks that are bred in captivity. The license does not authorize commercial shoots involving any of the above species or the selling, breeding or propagation of bobwhite quail or mallard ducks.
NR 17.06 Note Note: The selling, breeding or propagation of captive pheasants of the species phasianus colchicus or syrmaticus reevesii, gray partridge, chukar partridge, red-legged partridge and quail of the subfamily odontophorinae that are not bobwhite quail is allowed pursuant to ss. 169.08 (2), 169.10 (1) (b) and (2) (a) 2., Stats. Commercial shoots may only take place as authorized by a bird hunting preserve license.
NR 17.06(2) (2)Conditions. The licensee and participants authorized by the bird dog trial license shall be subject to the following conditions:
NR 17.06(2)(a) (a) Display of license. A bird dog trial license shall be in the possession of the grounds marshal during dog trialing activities and made available to any authorized department agent upon request.
NR 17.06(2)(b) (b) Location. The licensee and participants may trial only on the properties identified on the license. The properties shall be identified by township, range, section and name of the property owner or by specific department property name.
NR 17.06(2)(c) (c) Property owner identification. The application shall include the name, address and phone number of the owners of the property where dogs are being trialed.
NR 17.06(2)(d) (d) Proof of legal possession. The licensee and participants using captive wild birds for dog trialing shall possess a receipt or invoice meeting the requirements of s. NR 17.11 indicating the captive wild birds were purchased or obtained from a legal source. The licensee shall make the receipt or invoice available to any authorized department agent upon request.
NR 17.06(2)(e) (e) Care and treatment. Captive wild birds possessed for dog trial purposes shall be treated in a humane manner and confined under sanitary conditions with proper and adequate space, shade, food and fresh water. If birds are severely injured, they shall be humanely killed. Primary and transportation enclosures for captive wild birds shall meet the requirements in ss. NR 16.30 and 16.38.
NR 17.06(2)(f) (f) Captive wild bird identification. Captive wild birds released and killed under the authority of a dog trial license do not have to be marked prior to release. Mallards shall be marked as required by 50 CFR 21.13(b).
NR 17.06(3) (3)Exceptions. Bird dog trial licenses are not required on licensed bird hunting preserves.
NR 17.06 History History: CR 03-031: cr. Register October 2003 No. 574, eff. 11-1-03.
NR 17.07 NR 17.07 Hound dog trial license.
NR 17.07(1)(1)Authority. A hound dog trialing license authorizes the licensee and participants in an organized competitive field event that involves sporting dog breeds and that is sanctioned, licensed or recognized by a local, state, regional or national dog organization to possess and use captive bobcat, coyote, fox, raccoons or rabbits for dog trialing purposes and use captive bear possessed under the authority of a captive wild animal farm license issued under s. 169.15, Stats., for dog trialing purposes. The license does not authorize commercial shoots or selling, breeding or propagating of animals or trialing of captive bear on department lands.
NR 17.07(2) (2)Conditions. The licensee and participants authorized by the hound dog trial license shall be subject to the following conditions:
NR 17.07(2)(a) (a) Display of license. The license shall be in possession of the master of hounds during the trial event. The license shall be made available to any authorized department agent upon request.
NR 17.07(2)(b) (b) Location. The licensee and participants may trial only on the properties identified on the license. The properties shall be identified by township, range, section and name of the property owner or by specific department property name.
NR 17.07(2)(c) (c) Property owner identification. The application shall include the name, address and phone number of the owners of the property where dogs are being trialed.
NR 17.07(2)(d) (d) Proof of legal possession. Any person using captive wild animals for dog trialing shall possess a receipt or invoice meeting the requirements of s. NR 17.11 and indicating the captive animals were purchased or obtained from a licensed captive wild animal farm, wild fur farm or other legal source. The licensee shall make the receipt or invoice available to any authorized department agent upon request.
NR 17.07(3) (3)Care and housing.
NR 17.07(3)(a) (a) Captive coyote, fox and rabbit. Captive coyote, fox and rabbit obtained in accordance with s. NR 17.047 and possessed for dog trialing purposes may only be used within a hound dog training enclosure that is permitted and that meets the requirements established under s. NR 17.045.
NR 17.07(3)(b) (b) Captive bear, bobcat and raccoon. Captive bear, bobcat and raccoon obtained in accordance with s. NR 17.047 may be used for dog trials provided:
NR 17.07(3)(b)1. 1. The bear is possessed under authority of a captive wild animal farm license.
NR 17.07(3)(b)2. 2. Bear, bobcat and raccoon, when not being used for trailing purposes, are housed in accordance with s. NR 16.30 and 16.38.
NR 17.07(3)(b)3. 3. The bear, bobcat or raccoon is kept in a cage at all times. The cage shall be constructed so that:
NR 17.07(3)(b)3.a. a. The cage is strong enough to contain the bear, bobcat or raccoon securely and comfortably and to withstand the normal rigors of training or trials.
NR 17.07(3)(b)3.b. b. The interior of the cage has no sharp points or edges and no protrusions that could injure the bear, bobcat or raccoon contained in it.
NR 17.07(3)(b)3.c. c. The bear, bobcat or raccoon is at all times securely contained within a cage in a way that it is not likely to result in injury to itself, to handlers, or to persons or animals nearby.
NR 17.07(3)(b)3.d. d. The cage containing the bear has a mesh size no greater than 2 inches square.
NR 17.07(3)(b)3.e. e. The cage shall be constructed and maintained so as to provide sufficient space to allow the bear, bobcat or raccoon to make normal postural adjustments with adequate freedom of movement to sit, stand on all 4 legs, turn around and lie in a normal manner.
NR 17.07(3)(b)3.f. f. The cage shall be designed to allow urine and feces to drain from the cage.
NR 17.07(3)(b)3.g. g. Permanent devices such as handles or handholds shall be provided on the exterior that enables the cage to be lifted and ensures that anyone handling the cage will not come into physical contact with the bear, bobcat or raccoon contained inside.
NR 17.07(3)(b)3.h. h. When the cage is elevated in a tree or on a pole for training or trial purposes, the cage shall be raised a minimum of 10 feet off the ground.
NR 17.07(3)(b)4. 4. All individuals except the owner of the captive animal, the owner's designee or the dog handler shall be kept at least 4 feet from the cage. For bear, a barrier shall be provided to assure that individuals other than the owner, designee or handlers are kept 4 feet from the cage.
NR 17.07(3)(b)5. 5. Dogs shall be kept a minimum of one foot from the cage at all times by restraint, cage design or barrier fence except where the cage is covered by solid material, which prevents all physical contact between the dog and the captive animal. The one foot minimum distance does not apply to raccoon training with the use of roll cages.
NR 17.07(3)(b)6. 6. The cage shall be adequately shaded at all times.
NR 17.07(3)(b)7. 7. The bear, bobcat or raccoon shall have access to fresh water.
NR 17.07(3)(b)8. 8. Roll cages may not be used for dog training with bear or bobcat.
NR 17.07(3)(c) (c) Training periods. The length of time that captive wild bear, bobcat, coyote, fox or raccoon may be used for training exercises may not exceed 12 hours within a 24-hour period. Captive wild bear, bobcat, coyote, fox and raccoon shall be provided with a minimum of 8 consecutive hours of rest within a 24-hour period, when no dog training or trialing may take place. Additionally, a bear, bobcat or raccoon used for training, may not be housed in an enclosure that does not meet the primary enclosure standards in s. NR 16.30 (4) for a period of more than 72 hours.
NR 17.07 History History: CR 03-031: cr. Register October 2003 No. 574, eff. 11-1-03; CR 05-031: am. (2) (a) Register November 2005 No. 599, eff. 12-1-05; CR 05-104: am. (1), r. and recr. (3), Register June 2007 No. 618, eff. 7-1-07.
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