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New DNR Carnivore Specialist Based in Rhinelander

16 Apr News

The state’s newly named Carnivore Staff Specialist will be based in the DNR’s Rhinelander Office.

David MacFarland, who has worked as the wolf, bear and fur bearer research scientist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources since 2010, was recently named to the position at the DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management.

In his new position, MacFarland will be responsible for the wolf management, bear management and cougar response programs for the bureau. MacFarland earned his doctorate in wildlife ecology from UW-Madison.

MacFarland says, “Management of Wisconsin’s large carnivores is arguably more interesting now than ever; Wolves are fully state managed for the first time in decades, bear populations have grown and cougars are returning after a long hiatus.” He says the decisions made over the next few years will lay the foundation for several decades of carnivore management.

While he began his position in the Rhinelander office last week, he says he is “looking forward to working with the citizens of the state as we decide together how to manage these species now and into the future.”