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July 7, 2020, 7:29 PMUpdated: July 7, 2020, 8:21 PM

Interior Drops Plan to Reintroduce Grizzly Bears in Cascades (1)

Tripp Baltz
Tripp Baltz
Staff Correspondent

The Interior Department is ditching an Obama-era plan to reintroduce grizzly bears in northern Washington state, saying the bears aren’t in danger of extinction and local residents don’t want them in the area.

“The people who live and work in north central Washington have made their voices clear that they do not want grizzly bears reintroduced into the North Cascades,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Tuesday at a roundtable with community members in Omak, Wash., according to an Interior Department news release.

The release said Interior was scrapping a bear restoration plan for the North Cascades ecosystem that has been ...

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