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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

So even though a local Cascades newspaper tried to scare local residents by implying that Grizzly Bears are akin to the geo-engineered "frankensteins of the Jurassic World fim, 52% of their readership voted YES on the USFW objective of restoring the Bears to the region they called home just a 150 years ago..........A "tip of the hat" to the folks of this region,,,,,,,,,,,Shows that Politicians and the Media are the "fools" and not the "folks"..............Bring on the Griz!

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Published: Friday, July 17, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

Bring back the grizzly bear if you dare

  • Grizzly bears could roam the North Cascades once again.
    Photo courtesy Erwin and Peggy Bauer
    Grizzly bears could roam the North Cascades once again.
You may have seen the recent documentary“Jurassic World,” in which we learn of the horrible things that happen when people reintroduce animals that had vanished, especially when they do so at theme parks that have terrible security.

As famous Snohomish County native Chris Pratt demonstrates in the film, unintended consequences can cause things to spiral out of control. Our latest poll at indicates many of you haven’t learned that valuable lesson. We asked if you support reintroducing grizzly bears to the North Cascades, and 52 percent said yes.

Grizzlies haven’t been seen in Snohomish County since 1996, when a biologist confirmed one near Glacier Peak and lived to tell the tale. Now, government agencies are working on a planto bring the bears back to their natural range, which includes nearby peaks such as Whitehorse Mountain and Mount Pilchuck.

Supporters say the return of grizzlies would restore a healthy food chain and enhance other wildlife populations. Besides, they say, bears aren’t really all that interested in people and would rather be left alone.

Or so the bears would have you believe.

“Do you seriously not care about people being mauled or killed?” one Marysville resident wrote in comments gathered by government agencies.

Sure, we could listen to reason. The statistics say that only seven people have died from bear attacks in the 142-year history of Yellowstone National Park, which has hundreds of grizzlies. That you can take simple precautions to stay safe when hiking. That you have a much greater chance of being killed by a dog bite or a lightning strike.

On the other hand, bears are scary. And Chris Pratt is too busy in Hollywood to save us when the grizzlies attack.

Next up, we'd like to hear your thoughts on Russell Wilson. Could he take on a grizzly bear?

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