A gray wolf seen in Iowa County. Photo courtesy of Kate Cassidy
- Contact information
- For wolf information contact:
- David MacFarland
- Anyone suspecting a wolf depredation in northern Wisconsin should call USDA Wildlife Services immediately
at 800-228-1368 (in state) or
715-369-5221. In southern Wisconsin call 800-433-0663
(in state) or 920-324-4514.
Gray wolf depredation reports and maps
The Wisconsin DNR partners with USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services to investigate reported conflicts with wolves. This webpage contains an interactive map where users can view the location of verified wolf conflicts, Wolf Depredation Reports for each of the last several years that summarize all wolf conflict investigations for that year and the Annual Wolf Damage Payment summary which provides a yearly history of compensation paid to individuals for verified deaths or injuries caused by wolves to livestock, hunting dogs or pets.
Interactive wolf depredation and threats map
The interactive Wolf Depredation Threats Map allows users to visually display the locations of wolf depredation and threat conflicts verified between 2013 to the present. Mapping tools allow users to customize maps and provides the ability to display individual years or a series of years and the conflict types they want to display. Conflicts types are separated into the following categories; Livestock Depredations, Hunting Dog Depredations, Pet Depredations, Threats to Livestock, and Non-livestock Threats. Non-livestock threats include human health and safety complaints.
Verified injuries or depredations to hunting dogs and pets that occurred on lands open to the public are mapped with a 4-mile buffer know as a Caution Area. Caution Area is established to warn hunters or others who may be recreating in an area where conflicts between wolves and a dog or group of dogs have been documented. Individuals accessing these areas are urged to exercise greater caution if they plan to train or hunt wild game with dogs or allow pets to run off leash, especially in areas where multiple conflicts have been documented.
Tips for map
- Basic tools
Map layers – Show layers will list the different types of depredations. The legend will show the types of background layers. The year will allow you to choose which year(s) you want to show depredations from.
Year – The map will default to the current year however you can click on a different year to change it. Multiple years can be chosen by clicking and dragging.
Printing and saving – Clicking print/save PDF map allows you to create a PDF map. You will be able to add a title and notes and center the map as desired.
Measurement tools – Distances or areas can be measured in different units such as miles or kilometers.
Identify – To view information such as type and date about a specific depredation click on identify and then on a depredation.
Drawing – Text or shapes can be added to the map.
To edit an item added to the map click edit and then style. Drawing can be erased one at a time or all items can be cleared at the same time.
Printable PDF maps
Depredation reports include the details of individual Wildlife Services depredation reports, including if the report was verified as a wolf depredation or determined as another cause.
Summary of annual wolf damage payments 1985-2016.