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PostMon Sep 30, 2019 6:14 am 
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Anne Elk wrote:
The griz used to be native in the North Cascades; the problem now is the habitat - the size of the habitat they really need - has been carved up and invaded by humans.

Thank you, Anne, for that observation. This is the primary reason I'm solidly against this plan. Going back to the way things were "in the good 'ol days" 100 or so years ago just isn't realistic. Someone mentioned the many black bears in WA, but black bears and Grizzlies are two seriously different levels of risk to back country hikers as I see it. So I agree with Michael Lewis: leave 'em be, and if they come on their own, then ok.

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PostMon Sep 30, 2019 7:24 am 
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OK, so the habitat is cut off from the other bears.  Isn't that setting things up for inbreeding and a need to bring in "fresh blood" via more spendy heli trips in the future?

The trickle down method is working for moose.  E. Wenatchee now has an occasional moose wander in.  I've seen three this year having never seen one in the wild before--only a few tracks in the snow.  This year, two young ones were munching away in one of the burned areas and I saw an adult in the Okanogan Highlands.

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https://methowvalleynews.com/2019/10/09/most-at-okanogan-public-meeting-oppose-grizzlies/
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