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Published: Monday, Sept. 1 2014 6:15 p.m. MDT

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CP
Tooele, UT

I am glad the family is ok. But people need to remember the mountain is where the bear lives, and people are the visitor, unfortunately people seem to forget that fact. They have a great sense of smell and can smell food even in a trailer, so don't think you're immune from a wildlife encounter because you're not in a tent. As the ranger said secure your food, respect the home of the bear and keep it clean. For the bears sake I hope he stays away, so his "bucket" doesn't get kicked for doing what bears do naturally.

FDRfan
Sugar City, ID

"I always wanted to see a bear in the wild," Graham said. "It was on my bucket list, but I didn't want to kick the bucket to have it off my bucket list."

That is a classic quote.

One opinion
west jordan, UT

In years past we never had to worry about bears when we went camping and hiking. Bears were rare in Utah. I felt it was unwise to reintroduce bears back into the state of Utah when they did because we have so many youth groups and families who go camping and hiking in the summer in Utah. Now we have bear attacks and even death from this "reintroduction".

Now I've just read about an environmentalist group who are petitioning the U.S. Fish in Game to for grizzlies to be introduced into several western states including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. This is way past ridiculous.

Florwood
American Fork, UT

Glad the family was prepared, first with a trailer instead of a tent, and then having a pistol along.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@One opinion

"Now I've just read about an environmentalist group who are petitioning the U.S. Fish in Game to for grizzlies to be introduced into several western states including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. This is way past ridiculous."

Let me get this straight:
1. Prior man arriving, bears are living in the woods in all these states and others.
2. Man moves into the bears' habitat and wipes out all the bears.
3. Man has change of heart, reintroduces bears into their own habitat.
4. Man continues to live in the bears' habitat.
5. Bears attack men who are living in bears' habitat.

....and you think that putting bears back into their own habitat because they might attack people who are intruding into bears' habitat is "way past ridiculous"? I don't know what to say.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Reintroducing bears or other wildlife to where they presently are not located isn’t exactly letting nature take its course. It’s human manipulation for reasons that don’t always make sense or take concerns into consideration. In parts of the West, wolves were reintroduced over the objections of ranchers who feared the havoc to livestock. That’s exactly what’s happened but a rancher who sets poison bait or traps to kill them can face stiff fines.

SLC Grandma
Salt Lake City, UT

It has been reported that ranchers in Wyoming and Montana have learned ways of co-existing with wolves, bears and bison. They are part of nature and as Brave Sir Robin pointed out, they were here first, so it's our obligation to work on ways to protect wildlife, humans and their animals, and the environment. There are many animal rights groups and environmental groups which have proven that this can happen, with the cooperation of states, ranchers and landowners - it takes effort but certainly can be done and is well worth the effort.

joy
Logan, UT

Co-exist. I'm open explain how do you do that?
And explain to me why it was so bad that bear, wolves and all dangerous wildlife to man were so upset that they were moved to a place where they could roam free and live freely without the threat of being killed because they did what came naturally to them by pulling a child out of a tent and eating him. Do you think that was such a big issue to them to be moved. I personally believe they were perfectly happy and we shouldn't of brought them back into close areas with humans. It was for their protection and ours. Oh please! If you want to live amongst the bears I can suggest a few places for you.

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