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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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