JDCF, the Illinois DNR, and the Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau invite the public to a seminar to provide research-based information about basic biology, identification, status in the Midwest and expectations for the future of wolves, cougars, and black bears – carnivores that in yet small but increasing numbers are appearing on our landscape.
Keynote speakers include:
Adrian Wydeven. From 1990 through 2013, as a wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Adrian headed up the Wisconsin wolf recovery program. During that time, Wisconsin’s wolf population grew from fewer than 20 to more than 900.
Michelle LaRue. Michelle is executive director of the Cougar Network and a research associate in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota. She leads the Cougar Network’s efforts to gather and analyze confirmation data in the Eastern and Midwestern portions of North America.
Doug Dufford. Doug is program manager for the Wildlife Disease and Invasive Wildlife Program for IDNR. Doug coordinates IDNR’s large carnivore surveillance and incident response.
Craig Bloomquist. Craig is a wildlife biologist for United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services. He works in collaboration with IDNR to confirm wolf, cougar or black bear sightings and to provide management plans to reduce human-wildlife conflicts caused by these large carnivores.