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.
News & Events
June 7, 2013
Gov. Peter Shumlin signed legislation that prohibits the importation and possession of wild pigs and their hybrids into law. House Bill 101, introduced by Rep. David Deen, D-Windham, bans feral pigs from captive hunts – fenced pens where trophy-seekers pay to shoot the trapped animals for guaranteed kills.
April 25, 2013
The Michigan Senate passed legislation Thursday to block voters from having a say in whether non-game animals, such as wolves and sandhill cranes and others, are designated as game species for hunting and trapping.
January 22, 2013
The HSUS Urges Maine Legislators to Pass Bill Protecting Bears from Inhumane and Unsporting Practices
The HSUS praised Maine praised Maine state Sen. Edward Mazurek, D-Knox County, for introducing legislation that would enact comprehensive protections for bears
October 8, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States announced its support for Proposition 30, The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act, which is critical for providing support to law enforcement to adequately combat poaching, animal cruelty and other crimes in California.