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DNR: Number of wolves in Wisconsin is on the rise

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Posted at 4:58 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 17:58:12-04

WISCONSIN — The number of wolves in Wisconsin is increasing, the DNR says.

In 2020, the overwinter minimum wolf count was estimated to be 1,034-1,057 wolves, a 13 percent increase from the 2018-19 minimum estimate of 914-978 wolves, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

The number of packs also increased from the previous year, from 243 packs to 256, the DNR figures.

Over the past seven years, the DNR has used a model which produces "highly reliable estimates," the department says.

Using the model, the DNR estimates there are between 957 and 1,573 wolves in Wisconsin, the most likely estimate placing the population at 1,195 wolves. That's compared to the 'overwinter minimum' described above.

Learn more on the DNR's website here.

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