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Counting Wolves & Other Carnivores (with a little help from our friends). Jane E. Wiedenhoeft Sarah Boles Adrian P. Wydeven. Welcome to Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Who made this trail?. Who Can Become a Volunteer Tracker?. What’s Expected of Volunteer Trackers?.

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Counting Wolves

&

Other Carnivores

(with a little help from our friends)

Jane E. Wiedenhoeft

Sarah Boles

Adrian P. Wydeven

what s expected of volunteer trackers
What’s Expected of Volunteer Trackers?
  • 1. Attend training -

Wolf Ecology Workshop

Track Training Course

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Track Training Courses

Wisconsin CanidsF4 h4 C

Gray Wolf

Coyote

Dog

Red Fox

Gray Fox

what is expected of volunteer trackers
What is Expected of Volunteer Trackers?

1. Attend training

  • 2. Conduct 3 good track surveys following DNR guidelines
what is expected of volunteer trackers1
What is Expected of Volunteer Trackers?

1. Attend training

2. Conduct 3 track surveys

  • 3. Notify coordinator of 1st wolf, or any other rare species tracks you encounter
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JaneWiedenhoeft

Park Falls DNR

715

762-3204

4”

3.5”

VT

2 wolves - tx

Yes - attached

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37N

1E

Tx of 2 wolves crossed

Price

the road traveling along the creek. Scat on road.

Cross Cut Rd.

1 mi. east of Phillips

Went into tag alders along creek

11-7-03, ~8:00 a.m.

what is expected of volunteer trackers2
What is Expected of Volunteer Trackers?

1. Attend training

2. Conduct 3 track surveys

3. Notify coordinator of 1st wolf, or any other rare species tracks you encounter

  • 4. Turn in results of your surveys on time
goals
Goals
  • 1. To determine wolf numbers, distribution, breeding status, & identify wolf packs.
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No. of wolves

No. of packs

goals1
Goals

1. To determine wolf numbers, distribution, breeding status, & identify wolf packs.

  • 2. To develop an index of the abundance and distribution of other carnivore species.
goals2
Goals

1. To determine wolf numbers, distribution, breeding status, & identify wolf packs.

2. To develop an index of the abundance and distribution of other carnivore species.

  • 3. To determine the existence of rare carnivores such as lynx & puma.
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Why Volunteers?

  • More wolves in more places
  • Limited # of DNR trackers
  • No extra

$

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Recruiting

  • Initially from wolf ecology workshops
  • Personal contacts
  • News articles
  • Radio
  • Pamphlet
  • Website
how many volunteers
How Many Volunteers?

From 1995-2003

> 450 volunteers

> 5,000 hours

> 40,000 km

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Survey Blocks

Tracked by

DNR

&

Volunteers

2003-2004

tracks detected 100 miles 1995 2000 co surveyed blocks
Tracks Detected/100 miles (1995-2000)Co-surveyed blocks

Training is Important

Untrained volunteers 54% of WDNR rate

Trained volunteers 70% of WDNR rate

but isn\'t enough

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Formula for Volunteer Success

Training + Experience = Useable Data

how do we use volunteer data
HOW DO WE USE VOLUNTEER DATA?
  • To provide information for survey blocks DNR trackers don’t survey
  • To alert DNR to wolf activity in new areas
  • To help estimate the state’s wolf population, distribution, and breeding status when volunteers have adequate training & experience
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Program Evolution

  • More survey blocks
  • More training
  • Proving the data is useable
  • Communication
  • Regional coordinators
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Where do we go from Here?

  • More volunteer administration
  • Recognitions
  • Certification of trackers?
  • Changes in wolf monitoring
  • Population estimate vs. counts
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