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Wed, Nov 17



Gray Wolves in Wisconsin- From Extirpated Species to Hunted Game

Wolves is a hot topic in Wisconsin. Speaker Adrian Wydeven has decades of experience monitoring and managing wolf populations in Wisconsin. Join us as we hear from a top biologist in our state on the topic.

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Gray Wolves in Wisconsin- From Extirpated Species to Hunted Game
Gray Wolves in Wisconsin- From Extirpated Species to Hunted Game

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Nov 17, 2021, 7:00 PM


About the event

Adrian Wydeven is an accomplished wildlife biologist who has been involved with wildlife ecology for over 40 years.

Adrian obtained a BS degrees in Biology and Wildlife Management at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1976, and a MS degree in Wildlife Ecology from Iowa State University at Ames in 1979. From 1980 through 1982, he worked as an assistant wildlife area manager in northeast Missouri. In 1982 he returned to Wisconsin to work for the Department of Natural Resources as a wildlife manager in Oshkosh, Appleton, and Shawano 1982-1990. From 1990-2013 Adrian moved to Park Falls, heading up the state wolf recovery and management programs and other programs on non-game wildlife in northern Wisconsin. He was involved with monitoring and management of American martens, surveys for lynx, investigations of cougar observations, surveys of other carnivores, serving on the state wolf, furbearer, elk, marten, and bat advisory committees, as well as other state and federal wildlife advisory committees.  In February 2013, he began to work as a Forest Wildlife Specialist, promoting forest management practices that enhanced or protected habitat for various forest wildlife species working closely with foresters, land agencies and landowners.

Adrian retired from the DNR on January 3, 2015. He worked part-time as coordinator of the Timber Wolf Alliance with the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute (SOEI) at Northland College in Ashland, WI, from September 2015 through June 2017. He continue to volunteer as the Chair of the Timber Wolf Alliance Advisory Council, and does contract with the SOEI for workshops and talks; does volunteer wolf, bird, bat surveys, and Snapshot camera surveys for WDNR; and is active as a volunteer with Wisconsin Green Fire where he co-chairs the Wildlife Working Group.

He continue being interested in working on issues involving wolves, other carnivores and wildlife in general, as well as forest management practices. Adrian and his wife Sarah live near Cable, Wisconsin.

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