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WI: Central Wisconsin woman warns others after dog killed by wolf

By Emily Thornton, Multimedia Journalist, Weekend Anchor

BOWLER (WAOW) – A Central Wisconsin woman is warning others after her dog was killed by a wolf over the weekend.

Mandy Onesti said she let her dogs out of her Bowler home on Saturday night and then heard squealing.

She then saw a large animal drop her dog from its mouth. The wounded 2-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix ran back but later died.

USDA inspectors determined a wolf killed her dog.

Onesti is upset and worried about what might happen in the future.

“I’m not in wood cover, I’m surrounded by hay field for the most part,” Onesti said. “He had to come out of any cover he had to come to my house and get my dog. That’s what bothers me, I have three little kids.”

A wildlife biologist from the USDA said the department responds to around 5 calls a year of pets being killed by wolves.

Onesti said she wants some sort of management of the wolves to prevent another kill like this from happening again.

State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst plans on hosting a Great Lakes Wolf Summit in September that will focus on the necessity for state-led wolf management programs.