Contact(s): Scott Walter, DNR large carnivore specialist, 608-267-7865
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has named Scott Walter as the state's new large carnivore specialist.
Walter will oversee the development and coordination of wolf, bear and cougar management within Wisconsin. Walter will be stationed in the Madison DNR office, and is coming to this position from the Ruffed Grouse Society, where he served as the director of conservation programs. In his former position, he worked with staff, members, DNR personnel and the public to develop and apply a variety of programs and projects.
Walter previously held the upland wildlife ecologist and Farm Bill coordinator positions at DNR from 2011-2015. Walter has a bachelor's degree in biology from Beloit College and a master's degree and doctorate in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
"As a Wisconsin native, I've always appreciated the diversity of our wildlife community and been particularly fascinated by the many biological and social issues surrounding large carnivores," said Walter. "Certainly, there is a lot of public interest in wolves and bears in the state, and I very much look forward to engaging with our committed partners and the public as we explore opportunities and address challenges related to the management of these important species."
To learn more about Wisconsin's Wildlife Programs, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "wildlife." Search keywords "bear", "wolf" or "cougar" for more information regarding Wisconsin's large carnivore programs.