Bob Larson National Park Service Gets 120,000 Grizzly Responses
by Bob Larson, click here for bio

Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: May 15, 2017

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I’m Bob Larson. After four months of public comments, the National Park Service received over 120,000 responses on its plans to reintroduce Grizzly Bears to the North Cascades.

U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse is firmly against the idea and says if they want input, ask the people with the most at stake …

DAN NEWHOUSE … “For residents of the North Cascades, the prospect of increasing Grizzly populations through the Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Services restoration plan deserves careful consideration and public comment. Reintroducing the bears to ultimately reach the population of 200 would have a long-term impact on local forestry, ranching, recreation, and rural residents. Those residents must have their voices heard on the draft federal proposal.”

Newhouse says it sounds like a grand idea, from afar …

DAN NEWHOUSE … “It is not difficult to see why urban dwellers, hundreds of miles away from Grizzly Bear habitat, would be enthusiastic and see higher numbers as an exciting development. After all, Grizzly Bears are all impressive wildlife, but ultimately, Central Washington residents are the ones being asked to live with these bears and their input should carry the most weight when it comes to increasing the number of Grizzlies.”

An NPS spokeswoman says it will take three to six months to process the comments, and the analysis will not include where the respondents are from or their stand on reintroduction.

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