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Instructor discussing types of traps

John Gillen, WTA Trapper Education Instructor, discussing foothold traps.

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Inaugural Wolf Trapper Ed Class

Inaugural Wolf Trapper Education class.

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Contact information
Jenna Kosnicki
Assistant furbearer ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
608-261-6452

Wolf trapper education

wolf trap setting demonstration

My son and I attended the Wolf Trapper Education class on November 3 at the Mead Wildlife center. It was an excellent class and very helpful. Yesterday, we successfully trapped a large male wolf. Thank you for putting such a quality program together. I am teaching my son to be an ethical and responsible woodsman, so I especially appreciated that ethics and BMPs were discussed at length.

--Robert Barteck

In cooperation with the Wisconsin Trappers Association and USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services, the department has developed voluntary training workshops for those with a permit and plans to attempt to trap a wolf. This advanced training course is voluntary and does NOT fulfill the basic trapper education course required to legally trap a wolf in Wisconsin.



The course covers topics including:

  • wolf management and natural history;
  • wolf harvest season framework;
  • Best Management Practices for trapping wolves;
  • trapper ethics and responsibility;
  • traps and trap-setting demonstrations;
  • trapping rules and regulations; and
  • respect for people and the animal.
Workshops

Wolf Trapper Education workshops for 2014 have been completed. Wolves are currently listed as an endangered species and harvest suspended. Please check back for updates on future courses.

Wolf resources

Wolf season

Trapper ethics videos

Last revised: Tuesday September 27 2016