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DNR, hunters differ over wolves’ impact on deer numbers

[large thumbnail url=”dnr-hunters-differ-over-wolves-impact-on-deer-numbers” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”28″] [thumbnail icon url=”dnr-hunters-differ-over-wolves-impact-on-deer-numbers” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”28″] Although it’s well documented that Wisconsin’s gray wolf population is thriving, the impact wolves have on the state’s deer is not well noted.

“Some initial analysis has been done in the areas that have wolves in Wisconsin. When dealing with deer, it is minimal,” said Adrian Wydeven, state Department of Natural Resources lead wolf biologist.

Wolves were extinct in the state by the 1960s, but the population rebounded to 725 in Wisconsin in 2010, according to the DNR.

The wolf population came back through migration to Wisconsin from Minnesota, Wydeven said. The breeding packs mainly are located in the forested areas of northern and central Wisconsin, although sightings of solitary wolves are reported throughout the state…

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