The Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit (WCWRU) is a partnership of the US Geological Survey, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wildlife Management Institute. It is one of 40 similar cooperative Fish and Wildlife Units located in 38 of the 50 states; the cooperative unit program began in
The WCWRU was established in 1972 to facilitate cooperation between the partners and to conduct programs of research and education related to fish and wildlife resource management. The major objectives of the WCWRU are:
(1) conduct and direct research related to the solution of problems of mutual concern related to wildlife and their habitats;
(2) direct and guide the training of students in wildlife science at the graduate level and provide in-service training for agency employees;
(3) supply technical advice and assistance to Federal, State, and private conservation agencies in the management of wildlife resources;
(4) provide conservation education through publications, correspondence, lectures, and demonstrations.
The operations of the Unit are governed by a formal Cooperative Agreement signed by the four formal cooperators. WCWRU offices are located on the University of Wisconsin Campus in Madison. The Leader and Assistant Leader of the WCWRU are by appointment, members of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Wisconsin.
Research results and technical assistance provided by WCWRU partnership efforts are essential for management of resources important at the state, national and international levels. In addition to formal partners, the WCWRU regularly cooperates with the Mississippi Flyway Council, the Canadian Wildlife Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited, Welder Wildlife Foundation and the Ruffed Grouse Society.