The Masked Biologist

Commentator - Wildlife Matters

The Masked Biologist is a weekly commentator on WXPR talking about natural resources and wildlife in the Northwoods. He is anonymous so that he can separate his professional life as a biologist from his personal feelings about the natural world.

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With the arrival of New Years Day comes new resolutions. Have you made yours?

The Masked Biologist has, and it is the subject of this week’s Wildlife Matters.

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Do you have a special holiday tradition that includes the outdoors?

The Masked Biologist shares the history of the side hunt, and the Christmas Bird Count, in this week’s Wildlife Matters.

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What is the most common species of dog used for small game hunting in Wisconsin?

The Masked Biologist talks hunting dog breeds in this week’s Wildlife Matters.

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Cougar sightings here in the Northwoods are never met with enthusiasm. There was a time, however, when Wisconsin had a well-documented cougar population.

In this week’s episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist examines the Wisconsin Puma.

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Should you eat the meat of a deer with Chronic Wasting Disease?

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist shares some information to help those facing this difficult question decide for themselves.

Wisc. Dept. of Natural Resources.

Sometimes being responsible means changing how you do things, even if it means paying more for it.

In today’s Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist talks about the dangers of using lead ammunition while hunting.

Wisc. Dept. of Natural Resources.

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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