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Legislators hold wolf summit in Cumberland

Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, and Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, host the Great Lakes Wolf Summit in Cumberland. The summit brings together concerned citizens, policymakers and sportsmen from Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin to discuss wolf...

Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, and Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, host the Great Lakes Wolf Summit in Cumberland.
The summit brings together concerned citizens, policymakers and sportsmen from Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin to discuss wolf management.
Among the speakers are Kurt Thiede, deputy director of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Police Chief Bruce Mahler of the Marenisco, Mich.
Prior to the appointment, Thiede was the Division Administrator for the Land Division for four years. He began his career with the department in the Wildlife Management program as a limited term employee in 1999. In his time with the agency, he has served as the wildlife management regulation and policy specialist, the DNR liaison to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and a customer service and licensing program supervisor for southern Wisconsin. He has a Bachelor of Science in wildlife biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Mahler leads the police department for Marenisco Township in Gogebic County in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the second largest township in the state of Michigan with a population of about 700. Mahler has been with the Marenisco Police Department since 2004. When problems such as wolves roaming in town come up, he is the one who answers the call. For a township the size of Marenisco, 336 square miles, that can be challenging. He has been working with state and local officials to ensure the safety of the community as well as the proper management of the wolf population in the U.P.
Other speakers include Ted Lyon, author of "The Real Wolf"; David Ruid, wildlife biologist at USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services; and Don Peay, founder of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife.
The Great Lakes Wolf Summit runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Das Lach Haus, 1788 Elm St., Cumberland, Wis., and is free. Register at www.greatlakeswolfsummit.eventbrite.com .
Lunch is available for purchase through the registration site and is provided by Das Lach Haus for $13.

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