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MADISON — As part of a regular annual monitoring of wildlife in Wisconsin, state wildlife officials have published the latest wildlife surveys focusing on different species around the state.
“These surveys are part of our yearly efforts to keep track of wildlife and to use that data to inform management decisions,” said Brian Dhuey, database and survey manager for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “The different surveys look at a variety of wildlife such as deer, bear, grouse and other non-game species to monitor how the populations are doing.”
Many of these surveys are a direct result from citizens who report wildlife sightings and record their observations online. The Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey is one of the more popular surveys for citizen input. The website lets hunters and nature observers alike to record the location, time, and quantity of deer and other Wisconsin wildlife they see while outdoors. At the end of each survey season, participants are emailed a personal report detailing all recorded wildlife sightings that year.
Other annual surveys focus on eagles, winter severity on deer, spring and fall turkey hunts and even rare carnivore observations.
The full list of 15 surveys can be found by searching the DNR website dnr.wi.gov for “wildlife reports.”