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Teaching to track Wisconsin wolves

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THREE LAKES (WAOW)—Learning more about Wisconsin's wolf population is key in finding ways for humans and wolves to coexist, according to Teaching Drum Outdoor School Program Guide Chris Bean. 

Bean is leading a five-day immersion course in the Nicolet National Forest teaching people about wolves.

"It's a very unique opportunity because all of the leg work is going to be done.  We're going to be going out right to where these packs are" Bean told Newsline 9. 

The course teaches participants what to look for when tracking wolves to get an understanding of how the act in the wild.  Wisconsin's wolf population has been growing fast in recent years.  Bean says that's all the more reason people need to learn more about them.

"They only let you see them when they want to" Bean said.  Though there has never been a documented wolf attack on a person, pets are in danger if wolves are in the area.  Bean says the ways in which wolves hunt and feed sparks conceptions amongst the public that they are nothing short of wild killers.

"Wolves, when they make a kill, it's very violent for us to see.  But, in general, if you see a wolf out in the wild count yourself as very lucky.  There's very few people who actually see them" Bean said. 

The course runs Feb. 5th through the 11th and has 18 openings.  Tuition costs total $800 and includes food and lodging for the five days students are exploring the Nicolet National Forest.  Wolf experts will be brought in and will be leading the discussions and teaching participants about wolf activity. 

For further information on how to enroll, visit the Teaching Drum Outdoor School's website at http://teachingdrum.org/wolftracking2012.html.  

Online Reporter Rob Duns (WAOW)

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