Sections

Weather Forecast

Close
Advertisement

Grey wolves showing up in southern Wisconsin

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
River Falls, 54022
Hudson Star Observer
715-386-9891 customer support
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

More endangered grey wolves are showing up in southern Wisconsin.

Department of Natural Resources wardens say almost all of the eleven counties in the agency's south central district have confirmed wolf sightings.

Advertisement
Advertisement

In addition, the department says last year wolves were accidentally killed in Trempealeau, Sauk, Winnebago and Dane counties.

Within the last month, more wolves were killed in the southern half of the state, including one last week in Lafayette County.

DNR mammal ecologist Adrian Wydeven says it largely seems to be young wolves, setting out from the north on their own.

Wydeven says dead wolves have also been found in northern Illinois. He says he does not expect wolves to colonize the southern counties.

Still, to keep hunters better informed, and to keep them out of the legal trouble that shooting an endangered species can bring, the DNR is trying to publicize the differences between wolves and coyotes, which can be hunted.

Wydeven says a key difference is grey wolves are larger. Wydeven says coyotes have a more pointed snout and ears.

He says in some cases, hunters may be deliberately killing the wolves.

Advertisement
news@hudsonstarobserver.com
Advertisement
Advertisement