Letters to the Editor

July 15, 2014

Grizzlies in the Sierra: good idea

Re "The return of the grizzly" (Forum, July 13): I disagree with Mariel Garza's contention that returning the grizzly bear to the Sierra Nevada environment, including the Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia parks would be a bad idea. I have backpacked on numerous occasions in all three areas, and the great majority of these areas are places where very few people go. The highly populated areas like the Yosemite Valley floor and the Pacific Crest Trail tend to be avoided by large predator and prey animals.

I have also backpacked in areas where grizzly bears are common and have never encountered a problem in avoiding them. Common sense when in these environments is often the missing element in most persons, who will risk their life to get a better closeup shot of a wild animal.

Leave some wild areas for the animals and make human entertainment a secondary concern.

-- David Fraga, Sacramento

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