This page provides you with updates on the activities of Wisconsin’s Beaver Management Task Force. The Wisconsin Beaver Management Task Force is charged with developing an updated Wisconsin beaver management plan that uses the latest available peer-reviewed science in combination with in-depth citizen input, and strives for reasonable balance, protects core beaver populations, addresses conflict, supports aggressive beaver control, recommends solutions, and identifies future needs.
It is anticipated that a draft 2014 plan will be available for public review in spring/summer of 2014, with the goal of having a final draft submitted for approval by the WDNR Bureau of Wildlife Management and presented to the Natural Resources Board by the end of 2014.
Stakeholders participating on the Task Force include: the USDA Forest Service, Wisconsin County Forest Association, Trout Unlimited, Wisconsin Trappers Association, USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services, Wisconsin Conservation Congress, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, Bad River Tribe, Forest County Potawatomi, Mohican Tribe, Menominee Tribe, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Towns Association, Highway Commission, WDNR Law Enforcement, WDNR Division of Forestry, WDNR Fisheries Management and Fisheries Research, WDNR Wildlife Management and Wildlife Research, and WDNR Endangered Resources.
The Task Force met for the first time July 20, 2011 and then again December 14, 2011 and February 15, 2012. There was a lull in meetings as other wildlife issues demanded biologists’ time, but work continued on writing the draft plan and the Task Force met January 8, 2014 to review a portion of it. The next meeting is set for March 4, 2014 in Wausau at the Howard Johnson’s Inn and Conference Center. Task Force meetings are open to the public. If you’d like more information about the upcoming Task Force meeting contact WDNR Furbearer Ecologist, John Olson, at 715-685-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.