Dave Macfarland http://wxpr.org en Wolf Trackers: Gathering All the Clues http://wxpr.org/post/wolf-trackers-gathering-all-clues <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wisconsin’s rising wolf population has sparked controversy over the years.&nbsp; It’s also sparked a one-of-a-kind program for keeping tabs on those wolves…a volunteer carnivore tracking program run by the </span>DNR<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p>These citizen trackers are quietly helping create one of the best tracking datasets on wolves in the world.&nbsp;</p><p>"So the idea is, pattern on the ground, visualization in the mind, any questions on that?"</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:27:44 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 12904 at http://wxpr.org Wolf Trackers: Gathering All the Clues Wolves, Cougars and Bears, Oh My http://wxpr.org/post/wolves-cougars-and-bears-oh-my <p>Dave MacFarland is a large carnivore specialist with the Wisconsin DNR.&nbsp; He coordinates the state’s wolf and bear management plan, plus its cougar response team. &nbsp;</p><p>He’s also the guest at this week’s Science on Tap discussion at the Minocqua Brewing Company.&nbsp; WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about what carnivore management looks like in the state. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 12832 at http://wxpr.org Wolves, Cougars and Bears, Oh My Wolf Hunt Goes Quickly: Three Zones Closed http://wxpr.org/post/wolf-hunt-goes-quickly-three-zones-closed <p>Just over two weeks into Wisconsin’s wolf hunting season, and more than two thirds of the wolves have been taken. &nbsp;</p><p>As of October 31st, 181 wolves have been killed. &nbsp;That leaves just 70 before wolf hunting season closes statewide. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/wolf/documents/WolfZones.pdf" target="_blank">Zones 1, 2 and 5 are closed</a>, all in the northern part of the state.&nbsp; DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland says two other zones are nearing quotas as well.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:27:45 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 10069 at http://wxpr.org Wolf Hunt Goes Quickly: Three Zones Closed Wildlife Conferences Bring Valuable Conversation http://wxpr.org/post/wildlife-conferences-bring-valuable-conversation <p>The Midwest has been hosting a lot of wildlife biologists lately.&nbsp; The International Wolf Symposium was held this past weekend in Duluth, Minnesota.&nbsp; A week earlier, the Wildlife Society held its annual conference in Milwaukee. DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland was at both.&nbsp; WXPR&rsquo;s Natalie Jablonski sat down with MacFarland to hear about the conference highlights. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:34:12 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 9321 at http://wxpr.org Opening Day for Wolf Hunting http://wxpr.org/post/opening-day-wolf-hunting <p>Wolf hunting season opens Tuesday. &nbsp;</p><p>About 2500 people have been awarded permits to harvest a wolf.&nbsp; The DNR most recently reported fewer than half of those have actually purchased their licenses.&nbsp; But DNR Carnivore specialist Dave MacFarland says that&rsquo;s nothing unusual.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:02:20 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 9297 at http://wxpr.org Opening Day for Wolf Hunting Second Wolf Season Draws Near http://wxpr.org/post/second-wolf-season-draws-near <p>The state&rsquo;s wolf hunting season begins next week. &nbsp;People hoping to harvest a wolf have already applied for and received their permit.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 2500 permits were awarded in mid-August based on a lottery system. &nbsp;</span>DNR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Carnivore Specialist&nbsp; David </span>MacFarland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the number of applications dropped from 20,000 last year, to less than 17,000 this year.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 21:59:43 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 8996 at http://wxpr.org Second Wolf Season Draws Near