The preliminary wolf population estimate is in for this year in Wisconsin.
DNR wolf expert Adrian Wydeven says there are between 520 and 580 wolves in the state. He says that is similar to or slightly less than last year. He says the population typically remains at around at least 500, and has been expected to level off in recent years.
Wydeven says there were some wolves lost due to mange. Several of their collared wolves were picked up in late December and January, after the cold weather.
Wydeven says more liberal controls have been placed on problem wolves, especially in agricultural areas, which may also help stabilize the population. Aerial observations of packs which have a radio collared animal are on means of keeping track of the population, as are winter tracking surveys done with the help of volunteers. Reports of wolves from the public also help.