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MADISON — A Dane County judge is set to consider blocking Wisconsin's new wolf hunt.

Judge Peter Anderson is scheduled to decide whether to issue a temporary injunction Wednesday while he sorts through a lawsuit challenging the hunt.

A coalition of humane societies filed the suit last month alleging the Department of Natural Resources failed to set up training requirements for wolf hunting dogs. The group says the lack of requirements will result in what it called the archaic blood sport of wolf-dog combat in violation of state animal cruelty statutes.

State attorneys maintain hunters have plenty of incentives to avoid dog-wolf fights and an injunction would run afoul of the public interest expressed in the law establishing a hunt.

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