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For more wolf information contact:
Scott Walter
Large Carnivore Specialist

Gray wolf in Wisconsin

The gray wolf is currently on the federal endangered species list. This listing status limits the state of Wisconsin's management authority including the authority to hold a wolf harvest season.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has submitted a proposal to delist wolves from the endangered species list, and is accepting public comments through July 15, 2019. The proposal, as well as options to submit comments to the FWS, can be found on the office of the federal register website. [exit DNR]

More information about the federal wolf delistment process is available at the Fish & Wildlife Service's gray wolf webpage. [exit DNR]

2017 – 2018 Wolf count data summaries available

2017 – 2018 Wolf count data summaries are now available, and can be located under the “Reports” tab, below.

Wisconsin is one of about a dozen states in the country with a wild gray wolf population. Gray wolves, also referred to as timber wolves, are the largest wild members of the dog family. Wolves are social animals, living in family groups or packs. A wolf's territory may cover 20-80 square miles, which is about one tenth the size of an average Wisconsin county.

Last revised: Wednesday May 15 2019