Wisconsin wolf count up nearly 7 percent
Wisconsin DNR monitoring efforts detected an overwinter minimum wolf count of 925-956 and 232 packs in 2016-17 – a 6.8 percent increase from the 2015-16 minimum wolf count (866-897 and 222 packs).
Wolf counts are conducted in winter, when the population reaches its annual low point. Wolf pups born in spring cause population increases, followed by reductions resulting from pup and adult mortalities.
Information available include the 2016-17 overwinter minimum wolf count and packs identified during the monitoring period. That information was collected with the assistance of more than 100 volunteer trackers, who contributed roughly half of the over 14,000 survey miles in 2016-17. To learn more about taking part in the monitoring program, go to the DNR website and search keyword “volunteer” and select “wolves and other mammals.” Classes for new volunteers will be held in the fall of 2017.
Wolves remain listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act and management authority is held by the Federal government. Federal listing status restricts state management, including any lethal wolf management tools. Currently, DNR staff use non-lethal abatement in response to wolf conflicts.