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2015-16 Wisconsin wolf monitoring data now available

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2015-16 Wisconsin wolf monitoring data now available

Postby Fitter » Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:45 pm

Wisconsin wolf monitoring data for 2015-16 is now available on the Department of Natural Resources wolf management webpage http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/wolf/index.html.

To view this information (found under the "reports" list) and learn more about wolves in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "wolf."

In 2015-16, monitoring efforts detected an overwinter minimum wolf count of 866-897 and 222 packs - this represents a 16 percent increase from last year's minimum wolf count of 746-771.

Data available include the 2015-16 overwinter minimum wolf count and packs identified during the monitoring period. These data were collected with the assistance of over one hundred volunteer trackers - these volunteers contributed almost half of the record 17,759 survey miles in 2015-16. To learn more about taking part in this monitoring program, search keyword "volunteer" and select "wolves and other mammals."

"Volunteer trackers are a critical component of Wisconsin's wolf monitoring program, and department staff relies upon their efforts to ensure we have high quality data," said David MacFarland, DNR large carnivore specialist.

The 2015-16 minimum count represents the second year of growth and a record high for Wisconsin. Wolf count efforts are conducted in winter when the population reaches its annual low point. Wolf pups born in spring cause population increases, followed by reductions resulting from pup and adult mortalities.
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Re: 2015-16 Wisconsin wolf monitoring data now available

Postby Alaska Dave » Sun Jun 26, 2016 12:17 am

There are too many wolves and a hunting season needs to be set.
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Re: 2015-16 Wisconsin wolf monitoring data now available

Postby Fox_hunter42 » Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:28 pm

I would like to see one sometime
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Re: 2015-16 Wisconsin wolf monitoring data now available

Postby Fitter » Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:08 pm

I've only seen wolves a handful of times and I spend a generous amount of time in the woods throughout the year in wolf country. Most sightings are very brief.

First time I saw a wolf on my own property was during opening day of firearm deer season. Both my daughter and I were sitting on buckets behind some brush with a shotgun. The wolf trotted past us broadside on a deer trail about 35 yards away just after sunrise. So tempting. Prior to that an owl landed in a tree right in front of us and hooted for quite some time until the the sky began to lighten.

Back then we had been seeing a bear around the yard, all of that wild animal action, darkness, and big bad wolf, was enough for my daughter. Scared her. She was probably about 6 years old. We headed back to the cabin shortly after the wolf disappeared. Today as a full-grown city girl she talks about it differently. She hasn't seen a wolf, bear, bobcat, grouse, etc. since. Nor has she heard an owl, wolf, or coyote, and thinks it would be kinda cool to experience that again.

Two days ago I was down by my pond checking to see what the summer hooligans were doing back there with the atv's. Fresh wolf tracks right down the shoulder of the road. Probably why I haven't heard any coyotes for a while. They seem to keep their mouth's shut when the wolves are lurking.
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Re: 2015-16 Wisconsin wolf monitoring data now available

Postby Fox_hunter42 » Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:57 am

awesome memories, no bears or wolves down here. Just idiots that think they need to steal from people
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