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 keep track of Wildlife Matters and all of WXPR's local features on the WXPR Local Features podcast, wherever you get your podcasts.


Black bears are easily one of our most intriguing wildlife species up here.

A few weeks back an anonymous listener from the Rhinelander area submitted a question to our Curious North series: What time of year do bears come out of hibernation?

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist answers that question and more, as he discusses some of what is going on in the life of a bear as it emerges from winter.

As our state loses numbers of hunters, it also loses the license revenue that funds wildlife management. This is the topic the Masked Biologist tackles in this week’s Wildlife Matters.

Sometimes politics and natural resources can come together for the good of all people.

In this week’s Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist reflects on the life and legacy of John Dingell.

When you think of the benefits of living up north, do you include tall trees and clear water? The Masked Biologist does, and that is the topic of this week’s Wildlife Matters.

We all had to spring forward recently, a move that extends the afternoon daylight.

In this week’s Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist examines the impact of photoperiods on living things including us.

Photo by Warren Lynn. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Is it time for Wisconsin to take drastic measures to attempt to get a handle on chronic wasting disease?

Our commentator the Masked Biologist examines a proposal called “Payment for Positives” in this week's Wildlife Matters.


UPDATE: After this commentary was recorded, we were notified that Josephine Mandamin passed away on February 22nd, 2019, at the age of 77.

Have you heard of the water walkers? Neither had the Masked Biologist, as he shares in this week’s Wildlife Matters.

Wisconsin DNR

Depending on how you look at it, maybe groundhog day has come and gone, and maybe it hasn’t.

In this week's episode of Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist takes a peek into the den of the groundhog.

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Few Wisconsin natives rise to national fame and gain recognition for over a hundred years.

The Masked Biologist shares the story of one such resident, a bald eagle, in this week’s Wildlife Matters.

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Some birds you might take for granted, others might make you take more notice when you see them.

The Masked Biologist reports a shrike sighting in this week’s Wildlife Matters.

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Snowshoe hare hunting may not be the most popular sport, but it can result in some fun, friendship, and food as the Masked Biologist tells us in this week’s Wildlife Matters.

Wisc. Dept. of Natural Resources.

How are you coping with the cold weather this winter?

Wildlife species generally have three options as the Masked Biologist notes in this week’s Wildlife Matters.

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Different animals have different strategies for surviving the winter.

In this week’s Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist gives us a glimpse under the ice to examine the habits of the beaver.

I sometimes ask my family members what I should write about; after writing hundreds of articles and episodes like these, I might struggle for a fresh new idea from time to time. One of my kids thought I should write about beavers in winter. This arose from a disagreement he had with a classmate about the diet and habits of beavers in prior weeks.

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Cabin fever can strike without warning as the winter wears on.

In this week’s Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist reminds us there are still some ways to get outside and stay active.

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There are a few animals that were probably present here but have been lost in the last hundred years or more.

In this week’s Wildlife Matters, the Masked Biologist considers past records of the wolverine in Wisconsin.