Carnivore & Wolf Population Survey Crex Meadows Wildlife Area Volunteers. Objectives Presenting another Carnivore Track Training and Timber Wolf Ecology Course at Crex Meadows to train more volunteers on WI Carnivore Tracks and educate them on how to correctly conduct the track surveys.
To date, 186 people have participated in the track training course provided by Friends of Crex, Inc. members and Crex Meadows Wildlife Area staff over the last 3 years.
There are 23 volunteers who participate in the actual track surveys. Several of these trackers are trained sufficiently to conduct surveys on their own and submit their data to the tracking coordinator.
One group of volunteers are high school students from Grantsburg, led by Biology Teacher Matt Berg. These students take the tracking class each year and conduct actual surveys with Mr. Berg.
Throughout Survey Block 13 volunteers surveyed up to 243 miles each year and discovered an average of 53 wolf tracks in the block. In Survey Block 14 volunteers covered up to 125 miles and found up to 38 wolf tracks.
From track data collected in Survey Block 13, there is an estimated three packs averaging 4.5 individuals per pack. In Survey Block 14 two packs are estimated, each with five wolves. Howl survey results show at least two reproducing packs Survey Block 13 and one pack in Survey Block 14.
All completed reports are submitted to the WDNR Endangered Resources Wolf Program. These results are added to the Wisconsin statewide estimate. Carnivore results help monitor fluctuations in WI carnivore populations.
Citizen-Based Monitoring Partnership Program
Bob Hanson, Wildlife Technician
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area
102 East Crex Avenue, Grantsburg, WI 54840
Volunteer carnivore tracking survey blocks