“People find wolves fascinating. Whether you hate ‘em or love ‘em, people like to talk about them a lot.” Ed Bangs has always loved spending time in the great outdoors. He worked as a wildlife biologist in Alaska, and then became the first Federal Wolf Recovery Coordinator in 1986.
“Wolves have always been big symbols in human stories, because they are just like us. Early humans viewed wolves as good parents, strong hunters, and they valued them as fellow passengers on our planet.” That all changed with agriculture. At one time there were wolves everywhere in America north of what is now Mexico City, from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. Humans killed nearly all of them with poison over the course of the 19th and 20th century, and in 1986, there were only five grey wolves in total north of the Rocky Mountains.
On this week’s episode of Crashing, Bangs shares stories of his interactions with wolves during the introductory effort that started in the late eighties, and his history with the Fish and Wildlife service.
This podcast was produced by Perry Gregory.