Wisconsin's Wolf Population Continues to Grow

About 180 Packs Are Spread Out Across the State

by Alex Lee, age 13

Over the last year, Wisconsin’s wolf population has grown by about ten percent. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) counted at least 180 wolf packs in the state. Though some packs consist of as few as two wolves, 52 of Wisconsin’s wolf packs include at least five individuals. The state’s largest wolf pack is the eleven wolf Moose Road pack, which roams the forests of Douglas County.

The DNR estimates that at the end of the 2009-2010 winter season, Wisconsin had between 690 and 733 individual wolves.

As Wisconsin’s wolf population continues to increase, they are likely to spread out and increase their range. Right now, about thirty packs are spread across central Wisconsin. The other 150 wolf packs were dispersed in various areas of northern Wisconsin.

[Sources: Wisconsin State Journal; Wisconsin Natural Resources]