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DNR Seeking Trackers to Monitor Wolf Population
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/08/2018

Wisconsin's wolf monitoring program is once again looking for volunteers from around the state to help track the animals this winter. DNR Wolf Biologist Nathan Kluge says state biologists and volunteers have partnered to provide informative classes focused on aspects of wolf ecology, population biology and field study techniques.

"DNR staff and volunteers tracked over 16,000 miles last winter searching for wolf, coyote, bobcat, and other medium to large size carnivore tracks in Wisconsin," Kluge said. "It's a great way to get out and enjoy Wisconsin in the winter while helping the department monitor some of the state's most interesting wildlife."

Tracking-focused classes will focus on medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common mammals. It will also provide the required training and prepare participants to conduct formal track surveys as a volunteer tracker.

Ecology-focused classes will cover the history of wolves in Wisconsin, their biology and ecology, how DNR monitors the population, and state management and research.

For a list of courses offered, search the DNR website for volunteer carnivore tracking page and select the "training courses" option on the right side of the page. Or call 715-365-8917 for more information.

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