People interested in volunteering to help Department of Natural Resources biologists locate and count timber wolves and other forest carnivores in the coming year, can learn how in a series of upcoming training sessions on animal tracking and ecology.
Kurt Thiede, DNR Division Administrator of lands says, “The volunteer carnivore tracking program is critical for us to obtain counts of the state wolf population. These surveys will continue to be important for long-term management of wolves and other forest carnivores in Wisconsin.”
One of the training sessions will be held in Tomahawk. The weekend-long workshop entitled Wildlife Tracking with Dr. James Halfpenny will be held at Treehaven. The course will take place all day December 8-9. Other events will be held this weekend in Ashland and December 1 in Babcock.
After completing training, volunteer trackers are assigned survey blocks in forest portions of northern and central Wisconsin, and are asked to conduct three or more surveys in their assigned block each winter. Data they gather can be compiled with those of other volunteers to aid DNR biologists in evaluating wolf populations.
More information, plus registration is available on the DNR website. They recommend applicants register as soon as possible as space is limited.