Dispute Continues Over North Cascades Grizzly Plan

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WENATCHEE, WA.- A Chelan County Commissioner’s comments opposing plans to bring grizzly bears into the North Cascades Wilderness are being criticized as inaccurate by an official with the group, Conservation Northwest. Steve Hair reports. .

The North Cascades Grizzly  reintroduction plans are the subject of an ongoing environmental impact study which was recently started back up on orders by US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

The EIS considers four options, starting with no-action at all and three other options calling for varying degrees of importation — 10 bears, 25 bears, or many more. Animals of appropriate age and sex would be trapped in Montana or British Columbia and released in remote sites in the North Cascades, there to live and reproduce. The goal is a population of 200 bears within 25 to 100 years.

 

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.