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Wolf Biologist Adrian Wydeven to Head Timber Wolf Alliance

The Northland College Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute announced today that it has hired wolf biologist Adrian Wydeven to head its Timber Wolf Alliance program. “When it comes to understanding wolves, there is no one better qualified than Adrian,” said Mark Peterson, SOEI executive director. Wydeven retired from the Department of…

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Podcast: Talking Wolves with Adrian Wydeven

Wisconsin’s Hunting Heritage Adrian Wydeven headed up the wolf recovery program for the DNR for over 20 years. After retiring, he took a position with the Timber Wolf Alliance with Northland College. There is probably no one in the state who knows more about these animals, and how they came…

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Wolf Ecology and Conservation-certification Weekend

August 18, 2023, 7:00 pmAugust 20, 2023, 12:00 pm

Join Timber Wolf Alliance Chair Adrian Wydeven and TWA Advisory Council members for this wolf ecology volunteer-certification course. Learn about wolf ecology, wolf monitoring techniques, and the latest wolf issues from biologists and educators immersed in this field. Time will be spent in the classroom and in the field surveying…

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Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Training and Refresher

November 4, 2023, 9:00 am3:30 pm

This workshop, instructed by Timber Wolf Alliance Chair Adrian Wydeven and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Technician Sarah Boles, teaches the basics of tracking medium-to-large-sized carnivores in Wisconsin, including track identification, gait patterns, and conducting snow track surveys. Participants will be provided with a tracker’s notebook. Lunch will also…

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TWA Survey Says WI Wildlife Professionals Prefer Higher Wolf Goal

The Northland College Timber Wolf Alliance recently released a technical report, surveying the opinions of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society regarding wolf population goals for Wisconsin. The survey was conducted and the report written by Erik Olson, assistant professor of natural resources, and Adrian Wydeven, chair of the…


Why Researchers Howl At Wolves—And Why Some Might Stop

…the gist of a technique called “elicited howling”—biologist-speak for “making noises at wolves so that they’ll howl back at you.” For decades, elicited howling has been an indispensable part of the wolf researcher’s toolkit. For entire article + video with wolf howls by TWA Coordinator Adrian Wydeven visit Atlas Obcura….

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WPR: Are High Wolf Numbers Driving Hunting Dog Attacks?

A former state wildlife biologist contends Wisconsin’s high wolf numbers may not be the driving factor behind a record 40 hunting dogs killed by wolves this bear season. Timber Wolf Alliance Coordinator Adrian Wydeven, a former wildlife biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the state saw fewer…

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Wolf Awareness Week Focuses on Yellowstone Wolves

…“It is a great serendipity that brought these two speakers together for what promises to be a thought-provoking night, during this week devoted to appreciating and thinking about wolves and wilderness,” said Timber Wolf Alliance Coordinator Adrian Wydeven. The two-part presentation will be held Thursday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m….

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Isle Royale Wolves, Another Perspective

By Adrian Wydeven, TWA Coordinator Isle Royale National Park wolves are doing poorly. This year only two highly inbred wolves inhabit the wilderness island in Lake Superior. To determine what should be done, the National Park Service (NPS) has developed a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) and recently collected comments…

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WSJ: Good stewardship is key to removing wolf from endangered list

By Adrian Wydeven, Northland College Timber Wolf Advisory Council, for the Wisconsin State Journal: CABLE—Senate Bill 602, and its companion Assembly Bill712, would be a major setback in responsible wildlife conservation and proper management of the state wolf population. The lawmakers sponsoring this legislation are misusing their role and responsibility…