Lone wolf tracks in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
Another winter has passed and as Wisconsin’s gray wolves prepare for new pups, biologists with the Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) are compiling wolf tracking data collected by state biologists, tribal members and volunteers, in one of the largest wolf tracking efforts in the country. Each year this information is used to provide an accurate assessment of Wisconsin’s wolves, which were last estimated to number 866-897 animals in 222 separate packs.
The stated goals of the large carnivore survey are to, “determine the number, distribution, breeding status and territories of wolves in Wisconsin, develop a sense of the abundance and distribution of other medium-sized and large carnivores in the state, and determine the existence of rare carnivores such as Canada lynx, cougar and possibly wolverine.”
Wolf Patrol measuring wolf tracks and gait.
For the second year, Wolf Patrol has provided trackers to…
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