Wolf Pup Shot in Western Oconto County

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A female wolf pup that was a member of a pack that had been relocated to the Menominee Indian reservation in late August 2002 was recently found shot to death in western Oconto County near Suring.

Two adults and five pups were fitted with radio collars and moved to the new location after causing livestock depredation in northern Langlade County. In mid-September the pack wandered into western Oconto County, where they seemed to have settled down, according to Adrian Wydeven, a Department of Natural Resources biologist and wolf specialist. The adult male of the group was killed by a vehicle collision in October, thus the adult female and four pups remain in the area. The pack has not been found to cause any new depredation on domestic animals in Oconto County.

"There is only one case in state history that we know of where a translocated wolf may have caused depredation of livestock," Wydeven said. "That wolf is no longer in the area and no longer causing depredation."

The wolf pup killed was apparently born in April 2002, and was nearly adult size (50 pounds) at the time of her death. DNR pilot Mike Weinfurter detected the wolf on mortality signal on Jan. 7, and DNR wardens and biologists retrieved the carcass in the field the next day.

A reward fund of $5,000 is being offered for information about the apprehension and conviction of those responsible for killing this or other wolves killed recently in Wisconsin. The funds have been contributed by Defenders of Wildlife, Imperiled Predator Reward Fund; Timber Wolf Alliance of Northland College, Ashland; Environmental Concerned Citizens Of the Lakeland Area (ECCOLA) in Minocqua; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources