Wolves Impacting Humans - Wolf Attack, and a Farmer's Reflection
Impacts of wolves on one Northern Wisconsin pet owner. These are real human/wolf interactions as verified by the WI DNR and USDA Wildlife Services.




Wolves Impacting Humans - A Dog Owner's Story
Impacts of wolves on one Northern Wisconsin pet owner. These are real human/wolf interactions as verified by the WI DNR and USDA Wildlife Services.




Wolves Impacting Humans - A Farm Family's Story
Impacts of wolves on one Northern Wisconsin farm family. These are real human/wolf interactions as verified by the WI DNR and USDA Wildlife Services.




View the report below to see where wolves are attacking cattle, hunting dogs, pets, and "non-livestock" (Humans). 

Have you ever wondered how much wolf depredations cost the taxpayers? Check out the report below showing the over 2 million dollars that have been spent reimbursing the good citizens of Wisconsin for cows, dogs, sheep, etc. that wolves have killed, maimed, or eaten.  



Below is a sample of depredation investigative reports completed by State DNR and Federal Wildlife Investigators.  Current or specific depredation reports can be obtained by emailing the Wisconsin DNR staff at Helen.Hartman@Wisconsin.gov.

Already this year, as of October 8, 2018, more confirmed and probable harassments, depredations, and threats to human safety, were documented by investigators from the US Fish and Wildlife Service than in all of 2017. APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) Wildlife Services is the subcontractor for the WI DNR doing investigations. APHIS can be contacted at 1-800-228-1368 in the north or 1-800-433-0663 in southern WI.

Wolf incidents include attacks on farm animals, pets, and hunting dogs. They also include threats to human safety and the safety of pets or other animals, and harassment.

To sign up for the new Livestock Instant Depredation Alert, scroll to the bottom of the DNR home page and click on the red envelope at the bottom right. A long list of information materials and updates is available on this site, including the Livestock Instant Depredation alert for damage by wolves, coyotes, and bears.

RECENT DEPREDATIONS

On 9/24, a neighbor reported injuries to a Jersey Heifer and a bull and some cows running wildly on the pastured area. Wildlife Services (USDA) investigated and found sign and injuries to the animal indicating a confirmed wolf attack. This area was also victimized by wolves on 8/27 and again on 9/6 and 9/10, resulting in other animals with injuries or death. All these incidents happened in Eau Claire Co.


Two 3 month old miniature donkeys were injured in a wolf attach in Price Co. on 9/27/18. Based on the injuries, bite marks, and wolf tracks found at the site, this is a confirmed wolf depredation in Price Co. Llamas are also present at this location, but none was noted as injured.


On 8/9/18, Wildlife Services investigated the second attack on draft horses in Clark Co. (according to the Wildlife Services report). The victim was still alive, an 8 day old colt, with injuries to the rear leg and groin area. The genitals were severed and missing. The colt had to be put down from its injuries.


TO RECEIVE AN OFFICIAL WILDLIFE SERVICES REPORT ON ANY INDIVIDUAL INCIDENT ON THE LIST, EMAIL HELEN.HARTMAN@WISCONSIN.GOV AND NOTE THE TYPE OF INCIDENT, COUNTY, AND DATE. A REPORT WILL BE SENT AS SOON AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.



The graph below shows the disturbing trend of increasing number of wolf depredations over the last 5 years.

               source: WI DNR Progress Reports/Annual Reports to USFWS



How many wolves inhabit Wisconsin?  Currently the Wisconsin DNR estimates a minimum count of 232 packs that have 925 to 956 wolves living in our state. The count is up 6.8% over last year's minimum count. (Note:  This is a minimum count and many believe the number is much higher.)


How many deer do wolves eat?  Check out the link below to review an analysis of the 2015 deer season vs. wolf deer kill by county in the Northern Forest Land


Please click the link below to see the relationship between the White-tailed deer harvest decline and the increase in unmanaged wolf population.