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Contact(s): Dianne Robinson, DNR wildlife biologist, 262-424-9827
January 15, 2019

MADISON - The inaugural Keep Wildlife Wild poster contest has officially begun - students currently participating in fourth through sixth grades are encouraged to submit a poster to the Department of Natural Resources.

Wisconsin's Keep Wildlife Wild initiative began in 2014 with a focus on providing information about the natural behaviors of wild animals, tips on how to determine if a wild animal is truly orphaned and what to do if someone finds a wild animal in need of assistance.

Dianne Robinson, a DNR wildlife biologist who co-chairs the Keep Wildlife Wild initiative, says, "We are excited to announce our first poster contest, which we plan to conduct annually, to offer Wisconsin students the opportunity to actively participate in the Keep Wildlife Wild initiative. We have a wide variety of materials on the Keep Wildlife Wild page of the DNR website, including a lesson plan and various handouts that students can use to help them create their poster."

The contest began Jan. 2 and runs through Feb. 22, 2019. First, second and third-place finalists will be selected for each grade level by a panel of judges, and finalists will be announced the week of April 7, 2019 during the second-annual "Keep Wildlife Wild Week." The poster must contain the words "Keep Wildlife Wild 2019" and follow the theme of the Keep Wildlife Wild tagline: "A young wild animal's best chance for survival is with its mother!"

Additional details about contest rules and submission procedures can be found by searching the DNR website,, for keywords "Keep Wildlife Wild," and clicking on the link for "Keep Wildlife Wild 2019 poster contest."

Last Revised: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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