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Great Lakes Wolf Summit set for Sept. 15

State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) have announced additional speakers for the Great Lakes Wolf Summit, which is set to be held at Das Lach Haus, 1788 Elm St., Cumberland, on Thursday, Sept. 15, starting at 8:30 a.m.

The summit will bring together concerned citizens, policymakers and sportsmen from Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin to discuss wolf management.

Tiffany and Jarchow recently announced the addition of speakers Kurt Thiede, deputy director of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Bruce Mahler, the Marenisco, Mich., police chief.

Prior to the appointment as deputy director, Thiede was the division administrator for the DNR Land Division for four years. He began his career with the department in the wildlife management program as an LTE 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. Thiede has a Bachelor of Science Degree in wildlife biology from UW-Stevens Point. Thiede and his wife, Keri, live near Lake Wisconsin with their three children, Claire, Andrew and Logan. When not working he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking and family outdoor adventures in Wisconsin’s countless natural places.

Mahler is the Marenisco, Mich., police chief for Marenisco Township located in Gogebic County in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It the second largest township in the state of Michigan with a population of approximately 700.

Mahler has been with the Marenisco Police Department since 2004. When problems such as wolves roaming in town arises, 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 UP.

Previously announced speakers are 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 is a free event.

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Lunch is available for purchase through the registration site and will be provided by Das Lach Haus for $13.