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They Heard You! U.S. Forest Service Nixes Cruel Dog-Deer Hunting in Louisiana

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 1:00pm

Guest blog post from Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations.

Thanks to the efforts of the ASPCA and other advocates in Louisiana, the U.S. Forest Service decided to prohibit the use of dogs to hunt deer in Louisiana’s Kisatchie National Forest (KNF). We’d like to thank our supporters in Louisiana who contacted the Forest Service on this issue, and we commend Chief Tom Tidwell of the U.S. Forest Service for this decision to help protect Louisiana’s dogs.

The Kisatchie National Forest is Louisiana’s only national forest, spanning over 600,000 acres across the central part of the state. In the past, KNF has allowed hunters to use dogs while hunting for deer. This policy proved disastrous for many of the dogs involved in these hunts. We received multiple reports of dogs being left behind in the forest to fend for themselves or being hit by speeding vehicles trying to keep up with the pace of the hunt. Lost, forgotten, or abandoned dogs were forced to beg for food from surrounding landowners, kill wildlife to survive, or starve to death.

The Forest Service has done the right thing with the new policy. No other federal lands in Louisiana allow dog-deer hunting, and the state has already banned the practice in Wildlife Management Areas. It follows that the KNF would adopt a policy that minimizes conflicts with users and surrounding landowners, reduces negative impacts on its wildlife, and also reduces the cruel treatment of hunting dogs.

The Forest Service’s decision shows how effective citizen advocacy for animals can be. The hundreds of comments that the Forest Service received from our supporters in Louisiana helped play a role in its decision. Be sure to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade to receive updates on issues affecting animals and to learn how you can be an advocate for animals.

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Still Hunter

I am a dog owner/lover. I have hunted all my life and have sadly witnessed dog hunters who let their dogs in order to drive deer, assuming they have hunting rights on the land, but the end result is that the dogs cross many property lines of landowners that manage their land for deer hunting and some are still hunters that hate dog driving. Where I hunt it used to not be very frequent but through the years it has been occurring throughout the season, weekdays and weekends into prime season. Over the years others and I have helped several dogs back to their owners, phone calls, etc. we have even saved one that was sure to drown in a creek when it was tangled in vines. I have seen dogs wondering around in the woods that were not barking rail thin and seemingly looking for something to eat, I have had one that came up to me and followed me back to my truck, I guess he associated me with food. I want dog hunting for deer banned.

Still Hunter

I am a dog owner/lover. I have hunted all my life and have sadly witnessed dog hunters who let their dogs in order to drive deer, assuming they have hunting rights on the land, but the end result is that the dogs cross many property lines of landowners that manage their land for deer hunting and some are still hunters that hate dog driving. Where I hunt it used to not be very frequent but through the years it has been occurring throughout the season, weekdays and weekends into prime season. Over the years others and I have helped several dogs back to their owners, phone calls, etc. we have even saved one that was sure to drown in a creek when it was tangled in vines. I have seen dogs wondering around in the woods that were not barking rail thin and seemingly looking for something to eat, I have had one that came up to me and followed me back to my truck, I guess he associated me with food. I want dog hunting for deer banned.