Letters to the Editor

July 19, 2014

Return of the grizzly

Re "The return of the grizzly" (Forum, July 13): This has to be one of the worst ideas I've heard in a long time. First, this bear species/subspecies is extinct, so what is being reintroduced? It was apparently most closely related to the ferocious Alaskan grizzly.

Second, the native grizzly lived at low elevations and coastal, not in the Sierra, and it preyed on humans and other large animals. What will the introduced bears eat? Grizzlies are predators and scavengers, so they would be in your garbage can and eating your dog. Is this a good thing?

The Center for Biological Diversity should read Storer and Tevis' book "California Grizzly" and give some rational thought to exactly why reintroduction of a foreign subspecies be a good idea for California?

-- Lynn Kimsey, Davis

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