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History of the Wisconsin Wildlife Unit

WCWRU logo drawn by Travis Anderson, Unit graduate student.

The WCWRU was established in 1972 to facilitate cooperation between the partners and to conduct programs of research and education related to natural resource management, with a focus on wildlife. The first Unit Leader was Donald Rusch. Christine Ribic was the first Assistant Unit Leader in 1994 and became Unit Leader in 2000. Michael Samuel became Assistant Unit Leader in 2003.

The Wisconsin Unit logo represents the Wisconsin research foci of the three Unit scientists. Canada Goose for Don Rusch, Eastern Meadowlark and badger (grassland ecosystem) for Christine Ribic, and white-tailed deer (Chronic Wasting Disease) for Michael Samuel.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 1

Masters Students: 1

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 7

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 6

Scientific Publications: 24

Presentations: 40


Past Assistant Unit Leaders

  1. Mike Samuel
    2003 - 2017

Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. University of Wisconsin
  4. Wildlife Management Institute
  5. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources