As Wolves Proliferate In Wisconsin, Volunteers Track Range And Numbers

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Volunteers are an integral part of helping the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources keep track of the state’s gray wolf population, which has grown in size and range over the past several decades.

Data from the agency showed that during the 2017-18 winter, staff and citizen scientists tracked wolves and other predators more than 16,000 miles across the state with the goal of identifying the total number of these animals.

Observations gathered in the field are one of multiple methods the DNR employs to obtain an accurate wolf count. These efforts include recording howls during the summer and counting paw tracks during the winter, investigating depredation reports of livestock, and determining the number of dead wolves.<<<Read More>>>