Grizzlies in California could get grisly

07/17/2014 9:07 AM

07/15/2014 8:58 AM

Re "The return of the grizzly" (Forum, July 13): Having backpacked and camped in wilderness for many years, I am generally very positive toward the idea of habitat restoration. I support limited reintroduction of the grey wolf to more areas of the West, for example. However, I do not support reintroducing grizzly bears to California.

Our state is approaching a population of 40 million. This is not Alaska, Montana or Wyoming. Close contact between humans and grizzlies is a certainty and will happen much more frequently in California with deadly results.

Grizzlies are a special type of large predator, unique and unchallenged in the food chain-which includes humans. Reintroduction of such a massive predator into such a populous state is a recipe for trouble.

One advocate suggests several hundred grizzlies for the Yosemite and Sequoia-King's Canyon area.

Seriously? Anyone who spends serious time in these places knows what a ridiculous idea this is.

-- Stafford Hebert, Elk Grove

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