Exploring Geospatial Trends in Urban Attitudes Toward Wolves in Wisconsin and Implications for Future Management
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In 2004, the recovering Wisconsin timber wolf (Canis lupus) population reached the state management goal, set by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, of 350 wolves. Since then, the state's wolf population has nearly doubled to the current population of 690 wolves (97 percent increase). This recent surge has caused alarm among a vocal component of citizens from northern Wisconsin; citizens who have the most frequent contact with wolves. Meanwhile, in Madison, residents' attitudes are largely unchanged, as the residents seem unaffected by the burgeoning wolf population, due to the nearly complete absence of personal interaction with wolves.