For the most part these days, the Washington wolf “debate” sounds like this: clattering keyboards as all parties stream their thoughts into the ether.
But tomorrow morning and for the next two Saturdays it will have an on-air voice.
Joel Shangle of Northwest Wild Country Radio/TV promises a “nuclear-hot” show as he kicks off the first of three on “The Gray Area,” as well as continues the recent debate over wild steelhead retention, handling, etc.
Tomorrow’s guest will be the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s wolf policy lead, Steve Pozzanghera, who has been a busy boy of late.
“Steve and company are working hard in Stevens County — it’s like their second office,” said Madonna Luers, a spokeswoman for the agency, this morning.
The Northeast Washington county is the home of one confirmed wolf pack, Smackout, and WDFW suspects there are two more.
The agency has been working with a rancher near Laurier to keep possible members of the so-called “Wedge” Pack, seen in videos posted to YouTube, out of his cattle through a European technique known as fladry.
Shangle says he’ll be talking the nuts and bolts of wolf management with Pozzanghera, and next week hopes to have a prominent Northeast Washington hunter on the air.
“I’m really looking forward to it, 7:15 tomorrow morning,” he says.
He’s also inviting comments on wolves on the show’s Facebook page.
In other Washington-wolf broadcasting news, the BBC this week is airing a two-part series on their time spent looking for packs in the Methow and Teanaway Valleys. They didn’t return our emails, but we talked to some of those they talked to and wrote about what was going on at the same time their camera crew was in the former valley in this lengthy article. If you can tune out any rah-rah, BBC’s shows will air in the U.S. later this year — apparently it features a robo wolf.