Grizzlies: Top of the food chain

07/17/2014 5:07 PM

07/16/2014 8:53 AM

Re "The return of the grizzly" (Forum, July 13): I have hiked, camped and backpacked in the Sierra Nevada for over 50 years, and for much of that time I have brought my children. I have always felt safe and comfortable in the mountains. Black bears have gotten into my food a few times, but I have never felt personally threatened by them.

The thought of grizzly bears reintroduced into this environment horrifies me. It would no longer be a safe place for families and children. I really prefer to be on the top of the local food chain.

Grizzly bears used to be very common in the central valley, when it was a vast swamp land. Maybe we could reintroduce them into the American River parkway in Sacramento, where they could feast on the annual salmon run, blackberries and an occasional rafter or legislator. Any takers for that?

-- Richard Buss, M.D., Jackson

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