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Grizzlies doing pretty well

The Spokesman-Review

As usual, when it comes to environmental issues, your staff writers have been selective in their facts that they are presenting. Your recent article on the “endangered grizzly bear” (“Grizzly protection proposed,” May 5) states that they “are among the nation’s rarest mammals.”

The article failed to mention that the 46 bears in the Selkirks and another 40 in the Cabinets are part of an estimated 1,000 to 1,200 grizzlies that roam the lower 48 states. Add to this the over 30,000 thought to exist in Alaska, which is part of the nation, and another 24,000 in Canada and the grizzly seems to be in pretty good overall shape.

However, as we have seen with the gray wolf situation, these numbers will not appease the environmental extremists. They would rather have our government spend millions of our tax dollars and lock the public out of the land in order to protect another animal that is falsely endangered.

Tom Hoffman

Pinehurst, Idaho


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