Seen plenty of bears, don't need more

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Re "The return of the grizzly" (Forum, July 13): As a backpacker in the Sierras for hundreds of miles and many years, I have no love for bears. No personal threat except for the classic "between mother and cubs" problem.

However, they are omnivorous, all hours of the day and night. Plus, they are able to outsmart almost every attempt to hide food, down to the last candy bar wrapper. To be days away from re-supply and have all of your food stolen is not only inconvenient but dangerous.

The number of black bears in the Sierra is several times their historic number already. We don't need to add cantankerous grizzlies to the population.

-- Allen Jamieson, Sacramento

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