National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials were in Okanogan Monday night to hear from North Central Washington about the proposal to introduce grizzly bears into the North Cascades.
U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse was there and commented on the large turnout which he said demonstrates to the Federal government that, “local communities must be heard, loud and clear.”
Newhouse has come out in opposition to the plans to move up to 25 bears from Montana and British Columbia into the North Cascades in the next 10 years.
Commissioners in Chelan and Okanogan Counties have expressed concerns over possible conflicts between bears and tourists.
The government’s plans are currently undergoing a public review period with the deadline for submitting comments coming up on Oct. 24.