Environmental Group Seeks to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears to California

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A grizzly bear sow and cub. (Photo: Denali National Park and Preserve)

Ursus arctos horribilis, the grizzly bear, roamed California in large numbers until the early 1900s, when Gold Rush settlers decimated the population. Now, an environmental group is circulating a petition asking California's Fish and Game Commission to study the feasibility of reintroducing the bear into remote parts of the Sierra Nevadas. We’ll discuss what the proposed return of the grizzly bear could mean for the state's ecology and for its residents. We'll also hear from experts about the history and current status of the endangered animal, which can run as fast as 35 miles per hour despite weighing over 400 pounds.

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Peter Alagona, associate professor of history, geography, and environmental studies at UC Santa Barbara; author, "After the Grizzly: Endangered Species and the Politics of Place in California"

Gregg Loslinksi, spokesman, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee; regional conservation educator, Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Jeff Miller , conservation advocate, Center for Biological Diversity

Craig Miller , science editor, KQED