- - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people visit the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem hoping to see one of our iconic grizzly bears. Despite claims that the grizzly population has recovered, it is still a rare and remarkable experience to see a grizzly bear. With the recent proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist grizzlies, I fear that our opportunity to view a grizzly in its natural habitat will soon be gone entirely (“Wildlife officials mull consequences of delisting grizzlies,” Web, April 14).

If the proposal to delist grizzlies passes, management of the bears will be left in the hands of the states, which have already said they will allow the trophy hunting of these animals. The fact is, the grizzly population is too delicate; it simply cannot survive a trophy hunt. It’s been wonderful to see the grizzlies on their path to recovery. I hate to think that I might have to witness their demise, too.

Readers, please join me in submitting comments to our elected officials in opposition to this irresponsible proposal.

MARISA LANDAU

Potomac

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