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Hound hunters use packs of dogs, sometimes 40 or more, to chase bears, wolves, coyotes, bobcats, cougars, deer or other animals until they try to climb a tree, or until the dogs catch them and tear them apart. The hunting dogs themselves are frequently injured or killed during the hunt.


Hound hunters usually fit the dogs' collars with GPS or radio telemetry devices so that they don't even have to keep up with the chase—they can relax while the dogs do the work.

With dogs after them, bears and cougars may not meekly scamper up a tree, but may fight back. A single swipe from a bear can wound or kill a dog.

Houndsmen often treat the dogs like hunting equipment rather than cherished pets or members of the family. When dogs don’t hunt well or get old, sick, or injured, some houndsmen shoot them or abandon them to starve or be hit by a vehicle. The dogs can burden animal shelters if they are lucky enough to be found first.


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Hounding violates traditional hunting ethics and adversely impacts other animals, private property rights and animal shelters.

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