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Most Recent Report: Ted and Wolf recovery
Date: September 19, 19

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A fun conversation with retired Fish and Wildlife biologist, Ted Kuch as he reflected back on his colleague Ed Bangs who made a huge splash many years ago as the wolf recovery Coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Wolves are an interesting thing. “One of my earliest assignments as an endangered species biologist,… young, wet behind the ears was to be the Idaho Wolf Recovery Project leader. When we reintroduced wolves, it was interesting. My friend Carter Niemeyer, some folks may know his name, he's written a fairly popular book on his experiences called Wolf. When I first came into the wolf world, he said, Ted, welcome to the wolf ego- system.

I mean, ego system. My experience, 30 years as an endangered species biologist, is the kind of folks that get involved in working on wolves, work on wolves because they love wolves.

That was not me. I loved biology. I love all species. I love elk, deer, wolves, trout. I love butterflies, you name it. I love it. Including wolves and grizzly bears. No more or less so than anything else. And so Ed, I think was similar to that. Suffice to say, I was really not interested in being a member of the wolf egosystem. In fact, after we reintroduced wolves, I got out of it and looked for other assignments because there's a human element that feels like babysitting. You know, we've got folks who are super wrapped up. They think wolves are a deity or a devil. And that's really not my thing. I'm more interested in biology. But Ed was the one who made it happen. Without it, it would not have happened. He had an incredible focus and drive and set of leadership skills that navigated through obtaining international permits and working through the State Department and working with states and the logistics of it all.


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PRIMARY              ~ People who Hunt and Fish in the Northwest, from the novice to the guide.
SECONDARY      ~ People who might gain a better understanding of the outdoor sportsman through interesting stories and antidotes.
To entertain and educate, thus creating a desire to go fishing, hunting and explore the outdoors.  In these short radio vignettes we take the listener on an audio adventure far away from their current environment, to a place they would rather be… The great outdoors!
Passion defines the work of David Sparks Ph.D., a veteran of television and host of Sportsman’s Spotlight.  David's resume includes features on the Outdoor Channel (winner of eight Telly Awards),  host and producer of ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoors, Jeep National Trails and a bevy of network television including  PM Magazine, NBC game shows and stints guest hosting the Oprah Winfrey Show. During David’s tenure with ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoors, he acquired hunting and fishing tips from the “Master” internationally famous outdoorsman/guide Wayne Pearson . “On location” took on a whole new meaning as the pair hunted game in various locations around the U.S.; from upland birds in the Dakotas to gators in Louisiana but it was David’s riveting quest for the great marlin in Puerto Rico and sword and sailfish in Venezuela that endeared him to his fans.  In addition to his wealth of television work David Sparks earned his doctorate in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University and taught at the University of Washington.
Watch out!  David's enthusiasm for hunting and fishing is contagious, humorous and .....sometimes cantankerous but one thing for certain with Sparks it’s always entertaining and the spotlight is always on you the outdoorsman.

% of population that fishes
Number of Anglers
% of population that hunts
Number of Hunters


Average dolla spent per Sportsman per year


Recreation Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $923 million)
Fishing Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $283 million)
Hunting Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $260 million)
Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Expenditures in Oregon
(Total: $2.0 billion)
Fishing Expenditures
in Oregon
(Total: $497 million)
Hunting Expenditures
in Oregon
(Total: $374 million)
Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Expenditures in Washington
(Total: $3.1 billion)
Fishing Expenditures
in Washington
(Total: $905 million)
Hunting Expenditures
in Washington
(Total: $313 million)

*National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, 2006 (FHWAR) http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/fishing.html


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