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MADISON — A new furbearer research scientist has joined the Department of Natural Resources to provide information for the management of wolves, bears, bobcats, otters and other furbearers across Wisconsin. Nathan Roberts will be located in the DNR Bureau of Science Services but will work closely with the wildlife management and natural heritage inventory bureaus to implement research projects and oversee ongoing monitoring programs.
"The goal of this position is to work with DNR managers and a variety of stakeholders to take an in-depth look at new methods and tools we can use to estimate the distribution and abundance of animal populations such as wolves," said Karl Martin, Wildlife and Forestry Research Section chief.
A five-year wolf project aims to improve the accuracy of population estimates and identify alternative methods to track population changes over time. Other projects focus on tracking bear and bobcat range expansion which will provide further input on annual hunting quotas and harvest zones.
Robert's previous research experiences include working with furbearers and carnivores at the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, and most recently with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska.
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