For the past several years, David Klinger has been putting the “people” back into the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The NCTC writer-editor, a veteran of 34 years with the agency, has been ferreting out some of the untold stories of the wildlife agency in a running feature called, “The Fish and Wildlife Service You Don’t Know,” that appears in Fish and Wildlife News and other publications. “They’re a cross between in-house chatter and ‘urban legend’ – all true, most largely unremarked and unacknowledged, every one of them fascinating,” says Klinger.
This is the first in a series of short features about little-known aspects of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, previously printed in Fish and Wildlife Service News.
In the underwater search for the subject of the 1976 pop tune of the same name -- the Great Lakes ore boat Edmund Fitzgerald -- the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service played a minor, though memorable role, 14 years after the mammoth ship plunged to the bottom of Lake Superior.
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald in the St. Mary's River in May, 1975. Photo: NOAA