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Ojibwe leaders are outraged as state officials pushed forward plans to kill hundreds more animals in November 2021 wolf hunt.

Ojibwe bands are evaluating their options and plan to respond with a wolf declaration shortly. For tribes, the best use of wolves comes in the form of live animals, on the land, helping to enhance and maintain healthy ecosystems

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

In a press release on August 13, 2013 Ojibwe leaders respond. “The DNR Natural Resources Board made clear that its decision to set the wolf quota at 300 has nothing to do with science or stewardship,” said Michael Isham, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission executive administrator. “This reckless approach to ma’iingan management is why tribes have filed a brief in support of lawsuits that seek the restoration of federal protection for wolves.”

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission is an intertribal agency comprised of eleven Ojibwe bands in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, and Minnesota. GLIFWC works with member bands to both manage and preserve off-reservation treaty reserved resources. The Voigt Intertribal Task Force develops policy recommendations for GLIFWC-member tribes in the 1837 and 1842 Ceded Territories. Ma’iingan is the Ojibwe Anishinaabe word for wolf. Please visit www.glifwc.org for more information.

Press Release from Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission August 13, 2021
Press Release from Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission August 13, 2021

Ojibwe Treaty rights

This reckless approach to ma’iingan management is why tribes have filed a brief in support of lawsuits that seek the restoration of federal protection for wolves.

Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

Controversial Wisconsin Natural Resources Board vote on November 2021 wolf hunt

WPR A Look At The 2021 Fall Wolf Hunt Quota Of 300 By Tim Peterson Air Date: Friday, August 13, 2021, 4:00pm

Wisconsin Public Radio speaks with reporter Danelle Kaeding and retired wolf biologist Adrian Wydeven to learn more about a controversial new quota set for a fall wolf hunt in Wisconsin.

Listen to Recording from Wisconsin Public Radio

And you can catch the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board meeting on YouTube

John E. Marriott Photography credit

Please Submit Comments: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants public input on the November wolf hunt kill numbers.

If wildlife and its habitat are not protected under a strong and sound public trust system, the public will not have the ability to challenge, and therefore influence, management decisions.

The Wildlife Society

At their next Natural Resources Board (NRB) meeting they will be discussing how many gray wolves to kill for the fall 2021 hunting season that will occur in November. The item on the agenda is 4.H.. Please take action for wolves and provide a written statement for the NRB for consideration during this meeting CLICK HERE and fill out their form. Deadline to submit a comment is August 4, 2021 at noon.

It’s important the the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board here from you. Please register to testify remotely at the August 11th Wisconsin Natural Resources Board. To register to speak please contact Laurie Ross at Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov, 608-267-7420. Be sure to provide your name, city, phone number, and email or mailing address. Thank you!

Here’s the deal. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is a government agency working to protect our natural resources, and in this case, gray wolves. The agency scientists were largely removed by the previous conservative administration in charge. Too in charge I would like to add. They seem have a choke-hold on our Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Under this conservative administration a law was written by them and the Wisconsin’s Bear Hunters Association and pushed through the legislature, that mandated a wolf hunt, when gray wolves are not listed under the protection of the endangered Species Act. Therefore the conservative led legislature has essentially tied the hands of our public governmental agency in charge, the WDNR. And the WDNR wants to hear your voice, loud and clear, through a written comment CLICK HERE. Deadline to submit a comment is August 4, 2021 at noon.

Wisconsin Act 169, is a law that mandates a hunt must be held when wolves are NOT listed on the Endangered Species List. Wisconsin, quite literally, throws “dogs to the wolves. The barbaric act of Wolf-Hounding is legal in Wisconsin and is sanctioned when wolves are NOT listed on the Endangered Species List.

Act 169 wolf hunt law strips away WDNR’s powers to manage a species according to the Public Trust Doctrine, essentially what is best scientific practice for the management of gray wolves.

Please make your comment by noon on August 4, 2021 deadline CLICK HERE .

For the Public Trust Doctrine to be an effective wildlife conservation tool, the public must understand that wild animals, regardless of whose property they are on, belong to everyone.

The Wildlife Society

The following is a screenshot from the WDNR site asking for public written comments

Please make your comment by noon on August 4, 2021 deadline CLICK HERE .

It’s important the the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board here from you. Please register to testify remotely at the August 11th Wisconsin Natural Resources Board. To register to speak please contact Laurie Ross at Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov, 608-267-7420. Be sure to provide your name, city, phone number, and email or mailing address. Thank you!

Photograph credit C. Anderson

The Washington Post Interviewed Retired Wolf Biologist, Adrian Wydeven, Regarding the February 2021 Wisconsin Wolf Hunt

Adrian’s been working for Wisconsin’s wild wolf since 1991 and that was when I first met him. He’s retired now from the department and is still active sharing his experience on various wolf committees. In the article (click blue highlighted words) to listen to his finally tuned wolf howl! I’ve been on many wolf howl surveys with Adrian, and I’ve alway said, “he’s a walking encyclopedia on wolves!” The Washington Post article captures all the complex intricacies of wolf politics in Wisconsin. ~Rachel

A Wisconsin Wild Wolf. Photograph credit Al Scherwinski Photograply LLC

The Washington Post A wolf hunt blew past its kill quota in February. Another hunt is coming this fall.

Wisconsin, increasingly divided between rural and urban views, faces hard, contentious questions of how big its remaining wolf population should be

By Peter Kendall The Washington Post

CHEQUAMEGON-NICOLET NATIONAL FOREST, Wis. — The howl that Adrian Wydeven sent into the moonless summer night sounded like what a wolf might make, a descending run of low tones, impressively loud and sustained.

The answer that came back from the dark forest was far more authentic, however. It started as a single note, deep and mournful, that rose in volume and complexity as at least one other wolf joined in, their melody lines crossing, inadvertently forming ominous chords as they passed.

“It feels like you are having a conversation with them,” Wydeven whispered as he stood on a lonely fire road. “They are mostly saying, ‘Get out of here! We don’t want you here!’ ”

The retired wildlife biologist was listening for something elusive in those cries from the woods: insights into whether the packs roaming Wisconsin had produced any pups after a furious February hunt at the peak of their breeding season, just weeks after the Trump administration removed their Endangered Species Act protections.

The voices that responded all sounded mature. Wydeven heard none of the higher-pitched howls that would have indicated this wolf pack, invisible but audible amid miles of tamarack and black spruce, was now raising any young.

He wrote on his data sheet: “Wolf 2+ adults. Pups no?”

Wydeven is among the scientists and wildlife managers seeking to understand how many of the animals remain after the state’s rushed February hunt, when participants blew past a quota of 119 wolves and killed 218 in just 63 hours.

Another hunt is coming this fall, as mandated by the state legislature, and its quota will be based on estimates of the surviving population. Because it has been so problematic assessing how breeding was disrupted in February, coming up with those estimates is proving difficult and controversial, as is most everything with Wisconsin’s gray wolves.

The February hunt was just one of the rancorous twists in the big carnivore’s return to a state increasingly divided between its urban and rural areas and roiled by politics that often distrust environmental laws and the government officials who make them. It also brought into sharp relief the ongoing conflicts with wolves and the feelings among many people that they should be gone.

Topographically, Wisconsin is ideal for Canis lupus. Receding glaciers left behind a patchwork of rolling uplands and expansive wetlands, a harsh landscape that defied all early attempts at farming. After the region was mostly logged off in the 19th century, vast tracts of prime wolf habitat came into public hands. By the 1950s, bounties and hunting had all but eliminated the animals here.

Yet once wolves were protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1974, they slowly made their way back into the state from neighboring Minnesota. Their numbers have generally been on an upward trajectory since 1980.

Before February, the state estimated that 1,136 wolves were living in rural northern Wisconsin. In that conservative stronghold, which went overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in the past two presidential elections, they are far from embraced.

In a 2014 survey, nearly a third of respondents who live near wolves said they would prefer as few of them as possible. Among deer hunters, who often claim wolves reduce herds, almost two-thirds said they wanted fewer wolves.

On a Facebook page for Wisconsin wolf hunters, one typical comment reads: “The only good wolf is a dead wolf.”

“It goes back a long time, at least in European culture,” said Randy Johnson, the large carnivore specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “Look at ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ It is just ingrained in our culture that wolves are associated with negatives.

“The reality is that they are only just another big predator,” Johnson continued. “We have 24,000 bears and 1,100 wolves, and yet, everybody has a wolf story.”

Most of the wolves’ diet here consists of deer, according to research, although they primarily target the young and old. Yet deer aren’t all wolves eat. State records of attacks on domestic animals last year show that they killed 26 cattle, 32 sheep, seven goats, two alpacas, a potbellied pig and 28 dogs — most of them hounds out hunting bear.

Such attacks drive a tolerance or even enthusiasm for wolf hunting.

Under a 2011 state law, a wolf hunt must be held whenever it is not prohibited by federal or state protections. The Obama administration had taken the wolf off the government’s endangered species list for several years before a court ordered it to reverse course. When the Trump administration delisted it again last fall, despite many biologists calling the move premature, Wisconsin officials announced plans for a hunt in November 2021. But a hunter sued, winning a court order that it take place immediately.

Eleven days after an appeal was denied, the shooting started.

The killing unfolded so quickly that officials couldn’t stop it fast enough to keep the quota from being exceeded by 80 percent. One hunting advocate applauded how many wolves were “harvested.” One researcher called it a “slaughter.”

Everything was on the hunters’ side. The first two mornings of the hunt dawned with fresh-fallen snow, ideal for tracking. Wolves were in the peak of their breeding season, so they were active on the trails, marking their territories.

Perhaps most important, hunters were allowed to use packs of up to six dogs, which would not be allowed in a fall hunt because of its overlap with deer season. Many also used snowmobiles or ATVs, increasing their efficiency as they worked the woods day and night.

The group Hunter Nation quickly trumpeted the final tally and highlighted the hunt’s “positive economic impact” — almost $500,000 from the permit fees plus “the additional revenue spent on supplies, gas, food, and lodging … in mostly rural communities who’ve been struggling during the pandemic.”

The indirect toll on the wolves has been difficult to gauge.null

“The question is, what is the impact on reproduction?” Johnson said. “Will it be impacted more than a normal season, when other things can impact them?”

An accurate answer is especially important now. By early August, a Wolf Harvest Advisory Committee — composed of wolf advocates, hunters, biologists and the state’s tribal members — will present a proposed quota for the November hunt. Another committee is working to revise the long-term species management plan by spring.

Wisconsin uses statistical modeling to estimate the population, basing it primarily on winter tracking surveys and data from GPS collars that are part of the longest-running statewide tracking program in the country. But officials don’t have enough data past February to make a post-hunt calculation.

A recent study concluded that up to a third of Wisconsin’s wolf population potentially has been eliminated, which would put the current count at no more than 695 wolves. The study cited past research that found legalized wolf hunting also drives “cryptic poaching,” meaning illegal, covert killing.null

Lead author Adrian Treves, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, argues that without a more precise number the hunt quota should be set as low as is possible.

“A quota of one would comply with the statute [mandating a hunt] and acknowledge that we have no clue how successfully the wolves reproduced this year,” Treves said. “Because the hunt happened during the mating season, we would need good data on how many packs produced pups, and that is data we do not have.”

Hunting advocates want the quota set considerably higher and based on a new goal for the population overall.

“We don’t have a problem with wolves. We think they belong on the landscape of Wisconsin,” said Dan Trawicki of Safari Club International. “The issue is, how many wolves?”

One data set to be excluded from the official 2021 estimate is the outcome of “howl surveys,” where humans mimic wolves and the wary packs answer, sometimes revealing pups’ higher-pitched voices. One of the only ways to measure breeding success, the surveys in past years identified pups in nearly three of every four packs.null

The effort is so time-consuming, however, that the state is no longer incorporating their findings. That means they can only provide anecdotal insights into breeding success.

“This year will be the most important for the howl surveys, to see how many packs have pups,” said Wydeven, who long led the state’s wolf program until his 2015 retirement and still sits on the advisory committee. “I have a feeling [the total] will be down.”

The surveys are conducted by academic researchers and conservation groups. Howlers typically start at dusk and end hours later, following desolate fire roads that circumscribe an area known to contain wolves. They do a series of 15 prescribed calls at certain intervals, listening for answers and recording results.

Wydeven spent more than three hours in the forest during his outing in early July, the beginning of a months-long period when wolf pups are leaving their dens and their vocalizations can be discerned from those of adults in a pack.

He stopped more than a dozen times to call into impenetrable woods in a remote corner of public land. By the time he quit after midnight, he had elicited responses from wolves three times. None were from pups.

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Adrian Wydeven checks his compass after distant wolves responded to his howls in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin in early July. (Peter Kendall) The Washington Post

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Wolf Management Plan Committee discussed the process & its’ role.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Wolf Management Plan Committee’s first of four meetings took place on July 22, 2021 in a public Zoom meeting.

I’ve recorded thirty minutes of the meeting wherein the discussion was about the process of the committee and its’ role. WDNR has hired a facilitator to capture and put the opinions & concerns into an orderly streamlined document. There are roughly 25 wolf stakeholder organizations involved in making recommendations for the WDNR for consideration when writing the formal Wisconsin wolf management plan. I’ve also included screenshots captured from the meeting facilitator’s screen.

Retired wolf biologist, Adrian Wydeven, representative from Wisconsin’s Green Fire asked the question if there will be an area in the Wisconsin Wolf Management Plan Committee where recommendations could be submitted to the legislature regarding current law (wolf hunting law Act 169).

Listen to my unedited 30 minute recording

Jody Habush Sinykin, Sierra Club Wisconsin Chapter of Wisconsin representative wanted to know if there would be scientific peer reviewed information available for the committee to view?

Besides several tribes on the committee, there are experts in their fields that bring a great deal of prior knowledge regarding wolf recovery & management. Adrian Wydeven led the the Wisconsin wolf recovery program, and Jodi Habush Sinykin is an Attorney at Midwest Environmental Advocates. Habush led the effort, lawsuit, to stop the use of dos to hunt wolves.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wolf Management Plan Committee member organizations

Government/Tribal Partners (by invitation). Representative Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Ho-Chunk Nation, Menominee, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Stockbridge-Munsee Community, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service Dan Eklund – USDA Wildlife Services, Wisconsin County Forest Association, Wisconsin Conservation Congress

Stakeholder Organizations (seats by application) Hunting/Trapping Organizations Safari Club International Wisconsin Chapter, Wisconsin Bear Hunter’s Association, Wisconsin Bowhunter’s Association, Wisconsin Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Wisconsin Trapper’s Association, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation 

Wolf Advocacy/Education Organizations Sierra Club Wisconsin Chapter, Humane Society of the United States – Wisconsin, Timber Wolf Alliance, Wisconsin Conservation Voices, Wisconsin Green Fire

Agriculture/Ranching OrganizationsWisconsin Cattleman’s Association, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Wisconsin Farmer’s Union, Wisconsin Wolf Facts

WDNR Large Carnavore Specialist, Randy Johnson runs the meeting and supports the Facilitator.
WDNR hired Raj Kamal to facilitate the meetings. Kamal has made it clear that he’s not a subject matter expert in wolf management and he is there as a guide to the process of putting together all of the committee members concerns into a document.
Themes that have emerged from committee members.
25 organizations, 124 ideas, were put together into nine themes with a few ideas put into a parking lot for clarification.
The guiding principles, every voice matters, independent facilitator is not a subject matter expert and give it time to review, discuss with colleagues. These are working documents.

Here’s what’s next on People & Wolves Talk Show…

People & Wolves Talk Show Host Alex Vaeth will be interviewing Thomas Gable, project lead on Voyageurs Wolf Project. Mark your calendars for Thursday August 5, 2021 at 06:00 PM CST. The Voyageurs Wolf Project is focused on understanding the summer ecology of wolves in and around Voyageurs National Park in the iconic Northwoods border region of Minnesota, USA. Interview will be livestreamed on People & Wolves Talk Show’s YouTube Channel and for our Italian followers you can find the show on Talk Show di persone e lupi —Lupi Italiani.

People & Wolves Talk Show will be interviewing Voyageurs’ Wolf Project Lead “Thomas Gable”

Learn all about the Voyageurs Wolf Project’s latest news & research. Host: Alexander Vaeth, Producer: Rachel Tilseth. Air Date: Thursday August 5, 2021 Time: 06:00 PM CST. Streaming on: YouTube People & Wolves Talk Show Channel https://youtu.be/4U8TDcuyKzE and Talk Show di persone e lupi —Lupi Italiani Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/TalkShowdipersoneelupiitaliani/

The Voyageurs Wolf Project is focused on understanding the summer ecology of wolves in and around Voyageurs National Park in the iconic Northwoods border region of Minnesota, USA. Interview will be livestreamed on People & Wolves Talk Show https://youtu.be/4U8TDcuyKzE and for our Italian followers you can find the show on Talk Show di persone e lupi —Lupi Italiani. And viewers will be able to ask Voyageurs Wolf Project questions through the comments section.

Click on the following blue highlighted words to view on People & Wolves Talk Show YouTube link for the livestream click here.

Thomas Gable
Project Lead
Voyageurs Wolf Project 

Tom is the project lead for the Voyageurs Wolf Project and he recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. He has been studying wolves in the Greater Voyageurs Ecosystem since 2014 when he started his Master’s at Northern Michigan University. Gable is particularly fascinated by wolf-beaver interactions and much of his graduate work to date has focused on understanding how wolves hunt and kill beavers, and conversely how beavers avoid fatal encounters with wolves. Much of Gable’s early interest in wolves stemmed from encountering wolf tracks, kills, and the occasional wolf while exploring the wild places around his family’s cabin just outside of Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario during the winter. During and after his Bachelor’s in Biology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, Gable worked as a wolf research technician in Grand Teton National Park and on the Minnesota Wolf and Deer Project in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). His time in the BWCAW fostered a deep appreciation and love for the iconic Northwoods of Minnesota.

People & Wolves Talk Show Host Alex Vaeth

Alex Vaeth

Alex is a volunteer wolf tracker with the Wisconsin DNR, and a Spanish teacher by training. He completed his graduate studies in Spanish at Middlebury’s language schools in Vermont, USA, Madrid, Spain, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and volunteers as a medical interpreter in the city’s community clinic. Alex spends nearly all his free time in the woods tracking and monitoring wildlife with remote cameras and is also keenly interested in wolf advocacy and research.

People & Wolves Talk Show

We educate so you can advocate.

People & Wolves Talk Show works with dedicated professionals to document the conscious relationships between People & Wolves. People & Wolves Talk show shares stories of people working to coexist with wild wolves. Wild grey wolves are now struggling for survival worldwide. People & Wolves Talk Show works with filmmakers, scientists, academics, journalists, writers, fine artists, Wildlife photographers and musicians, that share a common interest to produce, to share educational stories of People & Wolves.

The show’s producer is Rachel Tilseth. Tilseth is a freelance writer, fine artist & educator, and environmentalist. I believe there’s no big bad wolf. There’s only myths driven by ignorance which education can be the cure. I’ve been a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Volunteer Winter Wolf Tracker since the year 2000. I worked with the Wisconsin Wolf Recovery Program as a volunteer since 1998, and as a result learned about the lives of wild gray wolves. I became reluctantly involved in the politics surrounding gray wolves in 2012. I say reluctantly because “politics” can be a dirty business. Wisconsin’ wolves needed attention drawn to the barbaric way in which they were being hunted during the three years Wisconsin held wolf hunts back in 2012 through 2014. On December 19, 2014 a federal judge ordered them back on the Endangered Species List. Wisconsin is the only state that sanctions the age old & barbaric wolf-hounding. Wisconsin quite literally uses dogs to hunt wolves. I founded Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin as the way to draw attention to the plight of Wisconsin’s gray wolf. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education in 1992 from UW-Stout, graduating with cum laude honors.

The following video from Voyageurs Wolf Project if of a Wolf’s point of view

There’s been so much news & research coming out of Voyageurs Wolf Project since our last interview that aired on August 2020. Mark your calendars. Air Date: Thursday August 5, 2021 Time: 06:00 PM CST Streaming on: YouTube People & Wolves Talk Show Channel https://youtu.be/4U8TDcuyKzE and Talk Show di persone e lupi —Lupi Italiani Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/TalkShowdipersoneelupiitaliani/

About Voyageurs Wolf Project 

The Voyageurs Wolf Project, which is a collaboration between the University of Minnesota and Voyageurs National Park, was started to address one of the biggest knowledge gaps in wolf ecology—what do wolves do during the summer? Our goal is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the summer ecology of wolves in the Greater Voyageurs Ecosystem in northern Minnesota. Specifically, we want to understand the predation behavior and reproductive ecology (e.g., number of pups born, where wolves have dens, etc) of wolves during the summer.

Photograph courtesy of Voyageurs Wolf Project. Learn more about the project at http://www.voyageurswolfproject.org

All videos courtesy of Voyageurs Wolf Project

Learn all about the Voyageurs Wolf Project’s latest news & research. Host: Alexander Vaeth, Producer: Rachel Tilseth Air Date: Thursday August 5, 2021 Time: 06:00 PM CST Streaming on: YouTube People & Wolves Talk Show Channel https://youtu.be/4U8TDcuyKzE and Talk Show di persone e lupi —Lupi Italiani Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/TalkShowdipersoneelupiitaliani/

Producer/Director Julia Huffman’s Latest Collaboration Short Film “ONAQUI: Save the Wild Horses” Premiere

We go LIVE today at 1pm!!
Please join us. #wildhorses #saveonaqui

This video and labor of love for the wild was a collective effort made by artists and friends.

Make your voice heard for the wild horses and burros TODAY:

Visit:
http://www.saveonaqui.com

Call:
Secretary Deb Haaland 202-208-3100 ext 3

Write:
The President and Vice President at:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Talking points: Ask them to stop this round up at once and implement scientific, proven methods of humane, on the range management for the Onaqui wild horses. These are iconic and beloved horses in Utah and the time to stop favoring special interest on our public lands is yesterday. An effective birth control program is already in place and the government owes it to the horses and the American public to keep these horses on the range where they belong.”

This summer you’re invited to listen to the call of the wild gray wolf in Wisconsin.

Imagine the following scene. You step as quietly as you can from your vehicle in the forest, where it’s so dark, that you cannot see your hand in front of your face. You walk several feet to the front of your vehicle, and meet with the rest of the wolf howl survey group. Everyone waits patiently for the sound of the vehicle’s engines to quiet down. Then, you hear the first of several low human made howls, and you listen for the response from wild gray wolves. Finally you hear them respond! The howling is music to your ears. It’s the sound of a wild gray wolf pack. You listen to every wolf howl, coming from the entire wolf pack, pups included, and it’s an intrinsically magical sound; filling up your spirit with pure delight! The sound of wild wolves howling is an ancient sound that has been missing in the forest until recently. Join me on a howl survey. There’s no charge. You’ll need to drive to the northwoods and meet with us. You can contact me through email wolvesdouglasco@gmail.com Kids welcome so bring the whole family.

The howling survey continues to be a valuable citizen science program.

Adrian P. Wydeven
Timber Wolf Alliance Council, Chair
Certified Wildlife Biologist (TWS)
Minnesota gray wolf. Photograph credit Voyageurs Wolf Project.

Timber Wolf Alliance (TWA) and Timber Wolf Information Network (TWIN) picked up the coordination of the howl survey in summer 2020. For more information on how you can learn more about volunteering Contact TWA here.

The forest canopy is so thick that it blocks out all light, even the stars. It’s so dark that you cannot see your hand in front of your face.

I’ve been conducting summer wolf howl surveys since the year 2000.

Rachel Tilseth, citizen science program volunteer

http://www.timberwolfalliance.org

Educating the public against anti-wolf propaganda is key to the health & welfare of Wisconsin’s gray wolf.

Making a difference for Wisconsin’s wild gray wolf through educational outreach.

The best method for dispelling myths and anti-wolf propaganda is through education. A few years go I invited TWA to come to my summer school class to educate the students on Wisconsin’s Wild wolf. They came prepared with curriculum that totally engaged students. The curriculum included history of wolves in Wisconsin, wolf ecology and engaging games! I recommend you check out the following information from TWA, and invite them to your group or school.

Wisconsin Wild gray wolf. Photograph credit Snapshot Wisconsin.

TWA’s Speakers Bureau

A member of the Timber Wolf Alliance Speakers Bureau will come to your facility, center, or school to teach an education program to your group. TWA will provide the presentation, display materials, and any other materials needed for games and more. Fill out the request forms click here.

If you are interested in a virtual program, just designate this in the comments when registering.

TWA Wolf Education website sources click here.

TWA offers three program length options:

One-Hour: Slide presentation on the topic of your choosing with questions at the end.

Two-Hour: Slide presentation on the topic of your choosing, a detailed Q&A session, and a discussion on the display objects brought to the program.

Four-Hour: Slide presentation on the topic of your choosing, a detailed Q&A session, a discussion on the display objects brought to the program, and an age appropriate wolf-themed game or activity for the group.

TWA has several program topics to choose from.

Myths About the Wolves of Wisconsin

This program is more localized to Wisconsin and covers the five common misconceptions about the gray wolf in the state: there is a wolf behind every tree, they are decimating the white-tailed deer herds, they are a serious safety threat to people, they are a serious threat to domestic animals, and they were reintroduced into Wisconsin and the UP. This program addresses the history behind these misconceptions and sheds led on the truth hidden in the myth.

Wolf Folklore

Almost everyone has heard of the big bad wolf in Little Red Riding Hood or seen a werewolf in a Hollywood movie. Wolves have a long-standing history when it comes to story telling and folklore; this presentation with dive deeper into these stories to find out that there is almost always some hidden truth behind every story and that the wolf isn’t as big or as bad as Hollywood like show us.

Pup Development

Late spring and summer are the heart of pup season! Learn about pup development from birth in the den to full growth and hunting with the pack. Through better understandings of pup development, we can get a glimpse into later on adult behaviors and social structures within the pack. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy looking at pictures of baby wolves?

A yearling Wisconsin gray wolf on alert in this April 2014 trail camera image from the southern Lake Superior region.
Wolf Ecology & Management

This program provides a better understanding of the gray wolves of Wisconsin by covering the following topics: a brief history of the wolf in WI, social structures and pack dynamics, reproduction, dietary habits, and current status and management of the wolf in the state. This program provides a good overview of the gray wolf’s biology and management in the state. Further detail on a specific topic can be added upon request.

Wolf Communication

Gray wolves have very complex social structures and forms of communication. This program will cover vocal communication, body language, and pack structure. Hopefully after this program you will have better insight into how a gray wolf “talks.”

Canids of Wisconsin

There are five species of Canidae found in Wisconsin: gray wolf, coyote, red fox, gray fox, and domestic dog. This program will give a brief ecology lesson about each species and then show a comparison among them in relation to body size, dietary habits, behavior, and relationships to humans. Each species has a unique role in the trophic cascades of Wisconsin.

About

Timber Wolf Alliance (TWA) “The Timber Wolf Alliance is committed to investigating the facts and relies on research to dispel myths and unfounded fears associated with wolves. TWA provides training in wolf biology and ecology, develops and disseminates educational materials on wolves, and supports volunteers to help with wolf monitoring efforts.” http://www.timberwolfalliance.org

Wisconsin’s tribes spoke up for their brother “Ma’iingan” the wolf and Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board (NRB) voted no to early wolf hunt.

Image credit stock photo

Thankfully Wisconsin’s tribes spoke up for thier brother “Ma’iingan” the wolf and the Natural Resources Board voted no to an early February wolf hunt.

The following is from NPR article on today’s NRB hearing.

Board member Marcy West questioned whether a hunt would be worth risking the state’s relationships with tribes and other organizations, as well as state management of the wolf.

“I just really have a concern that we have to prove right now that the state is credible in managing the population,” said West. 

Much of the concern discussed by the board revolved around the state’s obligations to Wisconsin tribes.

Representatives of the Red Cliff, Menominee, Lac Courte Oreilles, Bad River and Lac du Flambeau tribes urged the board not to hold a wolf hunt this winter. Several referenced a 1983 court ruling known as the Voigt Decision that affirms tribal rights to hunt, fish and gather in ceded territory under treaties with the federal government. Under the ruling, the state must consult with tribes on natural resource management.

“In making any decision about wolves, the department must abide by the requirements to consult and collaborate with the tribes as set forth in court decisions and agreements,” said Mic Isham, executive administrator with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Tribal officials said the hunt would have a detrimental impact on the wolf population in Wisconsin. Tribal members, including Red Cliff tribal elder Marvin Defoe, said they view the wolf as a brother and that the animal is significant to their cultural and religious practices.

Continue reading Wisconsin’s tribes spoke up for their brother “Ma’iingan” the wolf and Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board (NRB) voted no to early wolf hunt.