Grizzlies deserve California comeback

07/23/2014 9:07 AM

07/21/2014 9:24 AM

Re "A grizzly bear homecoming? A reality that bites" (Editorials, July 20): My, my. The Bee's editorial board certainly has a bear in its bonnet over grizzlies.

Like thousands of others, I've hiked and camped in Griz Country (Alaska and Yellowstone) and survived to tell the tale. You are more likely to die from a bee sting, fall off a cliff or die in a car accident than you are to encounter a grizzly in the wild, much less be attacked by one. The editorial figure of one bear attack per year applies to all of North America, including the grizzly's main habitat in Alaska and Western Canada.

The last Grizzly in California was shot in 1922. Have we really not changed much or learned about our earth in the interim that we can't share a bit of California with one of its original inhabitants?

-- Mark J. Palmer, director, Wildlife Alive, Earth Island Institute, Davis

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