Jennifer Stenglein

Changing Wolf Populations
3:41 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Wolves' Social Structure Means Dynamic Population Changes

Wisconsin's gray wolf population has rebounded most strongly in the last 15 years.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Wisconsin’s gray wolf population is estimated at over 800 - high enough that the state Department of Natural Resources allows a certain number of wolves to be hunted each year.  

But in the 1970s the wolf population was a fraction of that number, leading to their protection under federal and state legislation.  Jennifer Steinglein studies wolf population dynamics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She says the recent population growth didn’t happen all at once.  Its strongest increase came within the last two decades.              

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