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November 12, 2013

MADISON - Wisconsin has 18 new wildlife biologists working around state on habitat management, wildlife population monitoring, and including answering questions from the public on wildlife, hunting, trapping and public recreation on wildlife areas.

The Department of Natural Resources wildlife program was recently able to fill positions around the state, many that have been vacant for extended periods of time.

"We are delighted that this new class of wildlife biologists can fill the gaps in coverage we had across the state and strengthen our service to the citizens of Wisconsin and the wildlife they cherish," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "Our local field staff are vital to building effective wildlife conservation partnerships within the communities and counties they serve."

The new biologists, together with, existing wildlife biologists and technicians, provide land and wildlife management from prescribed burning to access maintenance on the vast network of Wildlife Management Area's throughout Wisconsin. Wildlife areas are used by the public for educational activities like school field trips, and recreational uses like hiking, bird watching, hunting, trapping and fishing.

"The mission of the Wildlife Management Program is to work with people to protect and manage Wisconsin wildlife populations and their habitats, and to promote wildlife enjoyment and appreciation for the benefit of current and future generations," said Tom Hauge, DNR Wildlife Program Director.

Wisconsin's Wildlife Biologists have undergraduate, and in many cases, graduate degrees in a wildlife related field.

"The strong academic training and work experience that this new group of biologists brings to the DNR will be a great asset to the state as they plan and conduct land management activities -- such as habitat restoration, exotic plant control, and prescribed burns -- and protect and manage wildlife populations.," Hauge said

Additionally, their responsibilities include overseeing public recreation activities; such as hunting, and trapping that occur on the lands they manage, as well as construction of public use facilities. They also serve the citizens in their community by responding to public inquiries, participating in Learn To Hunt and Hunter Safety Programs and attending meetings with local governments and constituents.

The following wildlife biologists will be stationed at the locations listed below:

More information about Wisconsin's wildlife program can be found by searching the: DNR website for keyword "Wildlife" to get an overview of what the DNR does to conserve and protect our wildlife populations and habitats; or search "wildlife areas" to get links to all the state wildlife areas and other state managed lands.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Hauge - 608-266-2193

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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