Kemp Natural Resources Station

animals. nationalgeographic.com

A researcher says people building near Northwoods lakes and rivers is changing what types of animals hunt near those shorelines.

A research scientist from Michigan Tech University Dan Haskell will speak Tuesday evening(7/30) at Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff about his recent study.

Haskell says with more homes near lakes the larger carnivores have been replaced by smaller carnivores like fox and raccoon....

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.