Big crowd turns out to object to putting grizzly bears in North Cascades


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.

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Steve Hair
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.