We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Grizzlies are extremely dangerous animals, up in the same area of risk as tigers and lions. Especially so the native California species, which were extremely large animals.
In the early 1800s there were large portions of Northern California that were considered uninhabitable because of grizzlies--they were a serious threat to both humans and livestock. Mexico's Alta California pretty much stopped at Sonoma because the neighboring Napa Valley was so infested with grizzlies that it was considered dangerous to enter by white men (at that time the Spanish Mexicans). Of course, the discovery of gold and development of better firearms completely changed the dynamics of Northern California and the grizzlies' fate was then written as they were then systematically exterminated the same way wolves were in other parts of America.
Agenda 21 has never left the hearts and minds of the Marxist progressives. The BLM, Fish and Wildlife, and the Forest Service have all been molded into an anti rancher and anti multiple use battering ram to remove people from the elitist dreams of an american dacha retreat. The proletariat must simply bend to their wishes and abandon the interior west.
No Grizzlies where I live, yet. But we have black bear and cougar. We walk in the woods almost everyday and I carry a gun when we do. I don't want to shoot any of them and likely even if confronted I could stand my ground or back out of there. But it is good to have a gun.
A hunter noticed his guide was wearing a pistol. He ask what caliber it was. The guide replied it was a .41. The hunter commented that he thought it was too small for a bear. The guide replied that it worked just fine the last time.
I was hunting in Alaska with my hunting buddy and that exact conversation came up. I merely said that if a bear attacks I'm gonna shoot you in the knee and start running and the bear will be attracted to you lying on the ground bleeding and thrashing around and I'll get away.
Now, I know he knew I was kidding. But I swear he acted a little worried every time we went hunting after that.
One time we were sleeping in my very small tent and he heard a noise and rolled over and said "I think there is a bear outside." Well, he had rolled over onto my rifle which was on the tent floor between us so I said "well get the hell off my gun so I can shoot it". He laughed and I laughed and I guess if it had been a bear he either was scared off by these two fools or he simply wasn't interested in two comedians for dinner.
My worst hunting experience was; The two of us again, same too little tent and it was raining all night long. About 3:00 AM he wakes me up and complains that there is 6 inches of water in his side of the tent. I guess we didn't pick the best spot to camp, not too level and his side was in a low spot. Well my sleeping bag was soaked too and now I'm awake too so I said lets pack up and go home. We just climbed out and put on clothes real quick and balled up the tent and sleeping bag and threw it in the back of the truck and drove home. When I got home my wife wasn't home and the babysitter was asleep on the couch. "Where is my wife" I asked? She was not sure and her dad was pissed that she was still babysitting at now 4:00 AM. Six weeks later I was divorced. What a crappy hunting trip that was. Apparently she was a much better hunter than I was.
From nice walks in the woods to adventuring, outdoor sports are only safely possible because man spent centuries, both here and in Europe, systematically killing off as many as possible of the large predators in the wild which are dangerous to man. We should be finishing the job, not bringing any of them back.