WI DNR: Slight Decline in Wolf Population; Remains Stable

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WI DNR: Slight Decline in Wolf Population; Remains Stable

May 6, 2013 Updated May 6, 2013 at 10:46 AM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- A report from the Wisconsin DNR suggests that even though there was a slight decline in the wolf population from last year, their numbers are still stable.

The 2013 wolf count report indicates that there are between 809 to 834 wolves in Wisconsin, including 215 packs and 15 lone wolves. Back in 2012, the report counted between 815 to 880 wolves in the state with 213 packs and 20 lone wolves.

“The 2013 wolf count relies on a combination of radio-telemetry, pilot observations, and winter track counts conducted by staff and trained volunteers across wolf range in Wisconsin,” said David MacFarland, DNR carnivore specialist. “The count is conducted at a time when the wolf population is at its lowest point in the annual cycle. The population nearly doubles when pups are born, but mortalities of adults and young bring those numbers down by the following winter.”

The DNR's report showed that 117 wolves were killed from hunting and trapping, 76 from depredation control, 24 from car crashes, 21 from illegal kills and five from unknown causes.

For more information on the 2013 Wisconsin wolf count, you can head to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources webpage.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns