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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife$
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Donald M. Waller and Thomas P. Rooney

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226871714

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.001.0001

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Changes in Mammalian Carnivore Populations

Changes in Mammalian Carnivore Populations

(p.257) 18 Changes in Mammalian Carnivore Populations
The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

Adrian P. Wydeven

Charles M. Pils

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines historical changes in Wisconsin's carnivore populations. Populations of carnivores have changed in terms of both their abundance and their distribution in the state. Some species have done well, while others have fared poorly. These shifts often reflect policy decisions. State bounties for certain animals like wolves and bobcats greatly depleted their populations. Later, legal protection and active restoration efforts by the same state have served to increase the densities of carnivores like fisher and wolf. Changes in public attitudes toward carnivores made these policy reversals possible. Perhaps there is a lesson here that we could extend to less charismatic species.

Keywords:   carnivores, Wisconsin, abundance, distribution, state bounties, wolves, bobcats, fisher, wolf, public attitudes

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