Black bears are out and about after the extended winter and they're hungry. That fact makes your backyard birdfeeder or trash can, to them, the equivalent of the local drive-in fast food place.

Brad Koele is a DNR wildlife damage specialist in Woodruff. Koele says he's already had a bear sniffing around his house...

Wisconsin DNR

As bears emerge from their winter slumber, the number of human-bear conflicts rise sharply this time of the year.

A DNR biologist gives advice how to help avoid a problem. Brad Koele in Woodruff says Black bears normally avoid human contact, but with fewer food sources, they like to come around property for some easy bird feeders or where you store your garbage.....

Bear hunting isn’t for everyone.  But its increasing popularity means that for those who do it, the wait times are getting longer and longer...up to nine years in some regions of Wisconsin.  In today’s Wildlife Matters, DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz weighs his options heading into his first bear hunting season.  

Wolves, Cougars and Bears, Oh My

Jan 7, 2014

Dave MacFarland is a large carnivore specialist with the Wisconsin DNR.  He coordinates the state’s wolf and bear management plan, plus its cougar response team.  

He’s also the guest at this week’s Science on Tap discussion at the Minocqua Brewing Company.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about what carnivore management looks like in the state.