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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

Counting Wolves

&

Other Carnivores

(with a little help from our friends)

Jane E. Wiedenhoeft

Sarah Boles

Adrian P. Wydeven


Counting wolves other carnivores with a little help from our friends

Welcome to Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program


Counting wolves other carnivores with a little help from our friends

Who made this trail?


Who can become a volunteer tracker

Who Can Become a Volunteer Tracker?


What s expected of volunteer trackers

What’s Expected of Volunteer Trackers?

  • 1. Attend training -

Wolf Ecology Workshop

Track Training Course


Counting wolves other carnivores with a little help from our friends

Wolf Ecology Workshops


Wisconsin canids f4 h4 c

Track Training Courses

Wisconsin CanidsF4 h4 C

Gray Wolf

Coyote

Dog

Red Fox

Gray Fox


Counting wolves other carnivores with a little help from our friends

Track Test


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


Counting wolves other carnivores with a little help from our friends

JaneWiedenhoeft

Park Falls DNR

715

762-3204

4”

3.5”

VT

2 wolves - tx

Yes - attached

16

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.


Counting wolves other carnivores with a little help from our friends

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.


Counting wolves other carnivores with a little help from our friends

Why Volunteers?

  • More wolves in more places

  • Limited # of DNR trackers

  • No extra

$


Counting wolves other carnivores with a little help from our friends

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


Winter track surveys in wisconsin by wdnr and volunteers

Winter Track Surveys in Wisconsin by WDNR and Volunteers


Counting wolves other carnivores with a little help from our friends

Survey Blocks

Tracked by

DNR

&

Volunteers

2003-2004


Can we use the data volunteers collect

Can we use the Data Volunteers Collect?

The Big Question -


Tracks detected 100 miles 1995 2000 co surveyed blocks

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

Training is Important

Untrained volunteers54% of WDNR rate

Trained volunteers70% of WDNR rate

but isn't enough


Wolf detection rates volunteer vs dnr trackers in co surveyed blocks

Wolf Detection Rates Volunteer vs. DNR Trackers in Co-Surveyed Blocks


Wolf detection rates dnr vs volunteer trackers with varying experience

Wolf Detection RatesDNR vs. Volunteer TrackersWith Varying Experience


Counting wolves other carnivores with a little help from our friends

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


Counting wolves other carnivores with a little help from our friends

Program Evolution

  • More survey blocks

  • More training

  • Proving the data is useable

  • Communication

  • Regional coordinators


Counting wolves other carnivores with a little help from our friends

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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