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O, Canada…

Our favorite "The neighbors are doing WHAT?" bill so far this session: HJM 4019, "Requesting that British Columbia refrain from releasing grizzly bears near our common border."
Sen. Bob Morton, a one-time shepherd, frequent preacher and perennial font of interesting rural information, has calculated that a 650-pound adult grizzly would need to eat about 200 squirrels a day in order to fatten up for hibernation.
Morton is skeptical that the supply of tasty squirrels is quite that bountiful, and worries that hungry grizzlies will turn to orchards and livestock.
"At this point, I am just attempting to make an inevitable situation better," said Morton.

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.