Wildlife Matters

Did you know that a chipmunk can throw its voice? Or that Wisconsin has a venomous mammal? What about the answer to the question: can porcupines throw their quills?

Every Monday on WXPR at 7:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m., the Masked Biologist answers questions just like these about living here in the Northwoods. You can email him your own questions here: maskedbiologist@charter.net

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Deer hunting has a long and storied history in Wisconsin.

In today’s Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist recalls many of the changes that have occurred in his time deer hunting.

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What are you thinking about right now? Probably not the access rights to the Great Lakes.

The Masked Biologist wants to change that in this week’s episode of Wildlife Matters.

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Animals are like people in the most basic ways. For example, they need food, water, and shelter to live.

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist goes back to basics in wildlife management.

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You may have heard of some invasive wildlife species here in the Northwoods, but do you know our native species have invaded some other countries as well?

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist looks at one of our more insidious invasive species here in Wisconsin, as well as species of our that have invaded Europe.

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When you ask people what they like most about autumn, usually the beautiful fall colors are near the top of the list.

In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist examines the science behind the beauty of autumn leaf colors.

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We all need a hint or a pointer now and then.

In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist shares some insight as he discusses the annual influx of requests for good places to hunt.

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What is it with dogs and playing fetch?

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist relates his own dogs’ fetching instincts to their ancestral roles and the masters they served.

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Have you ever seen a cradle knoll? Do you know how they form, or their importance on the landscape? That is the subject of this week’s episode of Wildlife Matters.

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Do turkeys eat grouse? Why are some areas that used to have more grouse seeing more turkeys and less grouse?

In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist tackles these questions.

I have often heard people blame turkeys for reduced grouse numbers in Wisconsin. Are turkeys rampaging across the countryside, gobbling up any other game birds in their path? Or could there be another explanation?

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From time to time, the Masked Biologist gets a question from a listener that inspires him to delve deeper into the topic and share his findings with us.

One such question was about salamanders and it's the focus of this week’s Wildlife Matters.

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Everyone is familiar with Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer, maybe our reintroduced elk herd, and our occasional observed moose – but did you know at one time we may have had reindeer too?

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist delves into the questionable history of the woodland caribou.

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Did you ever find yourself in a situation where you really wished Lassie was there?

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist looks at the legacy and the impact of a dog that was too good to be true.

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Summer is in full swing, but believe it or not, the first of our fall hunting seasons are only a month or so away.

In this episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist looks at one of our state’s newer hunting seasons, the mourning dove season.

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Wisconsin may have an increasing number of cougar observations, but at this time there is only one confirmed resident feline species that occupies the state and reproduces here on an annual basis.

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist discusses the bobcat.

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If you worked in the woods, do you think you would want to be armed to protect yourself from dangerous animals?

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist talks about the topic, and shares that size isn’t everything.

When I give talks, especially about my decision to become a biologist or what it is like to work in natural resources, there are some recurring questions I have to answer. One of the most common themes involves safety around dangerous animals and whether I carry a firearm to protect myself.

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