Adrian Wydeven obtained a BS degree in Biology and Wildlife Management at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1976 and a MS degree in Wildlife Ecology from Iowa State University in Ames in 1979. His master’s research focused on food habitats, habitat use, and competitive interactions of elk with other mammalian herbivores. From 1980 through 1982, he worked as an assistant wildlife area manager in northeast Missouri.
Returning to Wisconsin in 1982, he worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a wildlife manager over the next 8 years at stations in Oshkosh, Appleton, and Shawano. In 1990, Adrian transitioned to work as a non-game biologist in Park Falls, heading up the state wolf recovery and management programs (through 2013), and other programs on non-game wildlife in northern Wisconsin. The DNR renamed his job title as mammalian ecologist in 1993, to focus on mainly mammals, especially carnivores. Along with leading the state wolf program, Adrian was also involved with monitoring and management of American martens, surveys for lynx and other carnivores, and investigations of cougar observations, while serving on state advisory committees (including the Wisconsin wolf, furbearer, elk, marten, and bat), along with federal wildlife advisory committees. In August 2012 his job title changed to DNR Carnivore Specialist in Wildlife Management. In February 2013, his role again expanded to work as a Forest Wildlife Specialist, promoting forest management practices that enhanced or protected habitat for various forest wildlife species while working closely with foresters, land agencies and landowners until his retirement from the DNR in January 2015.
From September 2015 through June 2017 Adrian served as the coordinator for the Timber Wolf Alliance (TWA) with the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute (SOEI) at Northland College in Ashland, WI. Since then, Adrian continues to serve as the Chair of the Timber Wolf Alliance, contract with the SOEI for wolf workshops and presentations, and volunteer with the WDNR on wolf, bird, bat and Snapshot camera surveys.
Adrian continues to spend his time working on conservation issues involving wolves, other carnivores and wildlife in general, as well as forest management practices.