Mississippi Valley Conservancy to host online presentation on wolves

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The gray wolf will be the main object of Dick Thiel's presentation. (Photo by A.B. Sheldon)

LA CROSSE, (WKBT) — The Mississippi Valley Conservancy will host wolf biologist Dick Thiel for a free online presentation about wolves of Wisconsin’s Central Forest Region — focusing particularly on the gray wolf.
This virtual event, from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, is part of the MVC’s “Linked to the Land” series of outdoor and virtual experiences featuring nature preserves it protects for wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, education and recreation in the Driftless Area.
Thiel will outline the monitoring program the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has employed since wolves began recolonizing the region in the mid-1990s.
Thiel, a retired DNR wildlife biologist who initiated the state’s wolf recovery program in the 1980s, also will explain the types of management the DNR uses to address conflicts that might arise in a region that humans and wolves share.
Thiel has provided informational testimony on wolf hunting legislation for the State Senate and the State Assembly. He also has written two books on the state’s wolf recovery efforts, including “The Timber Wolf in Wisconsin,” a history of wolf extermination in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
A question-and-answer session will follow Thiel’s presentation.
Registration for the event is required by Jan. 20. People can sign up at the MVC’s website.  A Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before the event.
For more information, contact Sarah Bratnober at sarah@mississippivalleyconservancy.org or call (608) 784-3606, ext. 8.