Teresa Yuan, KING 5
NORTH BEND, Wash – The debate to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades has drawn support and criticism.
The National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service drafted a plan to bring the endangered species back to the North Cascades almost 30 years ago as the their numbers were dwindling.
This process has been slow until public meetings held by the federal government around Western Washington in March. In total, nearly 500 people showed up.
The government received more than 3,000 comments throughout the process, with grizzly bears being called “man-eating monsters” to “mystical creatures.”
Under the federal government’s plan, the protected grizzly bear would be returned to federal lands running from the Canadian border to Wenatchee, and extending west to Darrington and North Bend.
Biologists believe there used to be as many as 100,000 grizzlies on the West Coast. Now…
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