Dick Thiel knows a lot about wolves. He also knows there are some things people do not understand about the wolf.
The author and retired Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist will share his experiences and studies about wolves during the Tomah Memorial Hospital Men’s Night Feb. 23 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Three Bears Resort, Warrens. Thiel’s presentation is scheduled at 7 p.m.
“Some outdoors people hate them and some revere them, so it’s kind of a mixed bag,” Thiel said of the opinion some people have for wolves.
“One of my chores in retirement (is) I’m very involved in wolf education activities to teach people about what wolves are and let people make up their own opinions that may be a little deviant from what you hear on the bar stool,” Thiel said. “I work with science and the science tells us what wolves are.”
Thiel has been studying wolves for more than 30 years and was responsible for monitoring wolves in the central forest area north and east of Tomah.
“There’s a lot of things that people think they know about wolves that are not necessarily an accurate portrayal of them,” Thiel said. “One of the things is that people sometimes are afraid for their children or themselves - and while you certainly have to respect wild animals for what they are capable of, wolves just don’t look at human beings as food.”
Thiel will also share some information on his book, Keepers of the Wolves: The Early Years of Wolf Recovery in Wisconsin in which he outlines a decade worth of efforts to track and protect the recovery of wolves in Northern Wisconsin.
In addition to Thiel’s presentation, hospital officials say Men’s Night will feature a number of displays and demonstrations, including ice water safety, exercise and body composition, advance directives, organ donation, motorcycle driving, woodworking and well water testing information.
“Men’s night is a way to give guys an opportunity to learn about health related displays and educational topics in a fun environment,” said hospital community health nurse Angela Krueger, BSN, RN. She said a number of businesses and organizations will have displays geared toward men, their health and lifestyle.
Krueger also encouraged women to join their man for the event. “It is really important to encourage women to bring the man in their life because there will be a lot of health screenings offered,” Krueger added. “We will have free blood pressure, non fasting cholesterol, blood sugar screenings and body composition screenings.”
She said free food and refreshments, including beer samples courtesy of Bent Paddle Brewery, plus a variety of door prizes will also be provided.
The first 200 to attend will receive a free TMH work light AND a free token to play one round in the laser maze challenge at Three Bears Resort!
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