MDHA asks public to report wolf sightings

With the recent delisting of wolves from the Endangered Species Act, and the return of the wolf to state management, a new interest has spawned asking “To what degree have wolves expanded within Minnesota?”

Currently, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing a wolf population survey to run from fall 2012 through early spring 2013. Minnesota Deer Hunters Association’s (MDHA) members are expressing great interest as well. So, MDHA devised a “Report Zone B Wolf sightings” Web survey page to encourage MDHA members and nonmembers to report their documented wolf sightings across the approximately 70 percent of Minnesota that is considered “Zone B” or non-wolf range.

Reporting Zone B wolf sightings will require that the person reporting provide photo documentation as well as geographic information (township/range/section or gps coordinates) and their contact information.

MDHA Executive Director Mark Johnson said, “Wolf presence throughout Zone A (Northeast third of Minnesota) is well known, but their expansion into Zone B (the rest of Minnesota) is not. MDHA’s objective is to collect documented and verifiable wolf sighting information in wolf Zone B and to provide this data to DNR for consideration toward the 2012/2013 wolf survey.”

To participate in MDHA’s Zone B wolf sighting survey, people are asked to keep a camera handy. MDHA recommends that digital trail cameras be set out with bait or scent in an area a person believes wolves frequent.

To submit a sighting, go to MDHA’s Web site and click on the wolf link.