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September 29, 2015

MADISON - Wisconsin's wolf monitoring program relies upon volunteers from around the state who help track the animals each winter, and those interested in becoming volunteers are encouraged to sign up for one of a number of clinics offered statewide.

Winter tracking is a great way to experience the outdoors in winter and make a contribution to natural resource management.

DNR biologists and volunteers have partnered to provide informative classes focused on aspects of wolf ecology, population biology and field study techniques.

"DNR staff and volunteers tracked over 16,000 miles last winter searching for wolf, coyote, bobcat, and other medium to large size carnivore tracks in Wisconsin," said DNR large carnivore specialist David MacFarland. "It's a great way to get out and enjoy Wisconsin in the winter while helping the department monitor some of the state's most interesting wildlife."

Tracking-focused classes will focus on medium to large size carnivores that inhabit Wisconsin, as well as a few other common mammals. It will also provide the required training and prepare participants to conduct formal track surveys as a volunteer tracker.

Ecology-focused classes will cover the history of wolves in Wisconsin, their biology and ecology, how DNR monitors the population, and state management and research.

For a list of courses offered, search the DNR website for volunteer carnivore tracking page and select the "training courses" option on the right side of the page.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: David MacFarland, DNR large carnivore specialist, 715-365-8917; Jane Wiedenhoeft, DNR wildlife biologist and track program manager, 715-762-1362

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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