The historic range of the grizzly covered the entire western half of the US and Canada and even into northern Mexico. Currently there are around 1500 in the lower 48 concentrated in small sections of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. There are very healthy populations in Canada (over 15,000) and Alaska (over 30,000) so they are not in danger of extinction. For people who live, ranch, hunt, and fish in the areas populated by grizzly bears there are mixed feelings about their growing numbers and range which has expanded well outside the national parks. Most of us want a balance between keeping bears in the region in healthy numbers and the ability to raise livestock, and enjoy the outdoors without looking over your shoulder every minute. Hunting for food (hunters eat bears) and sport has been the tool of choice for wildlife agencies with revenues from hunting permit sales preserving game populations. The grizzly population has grown to the point that bears run in on the sound of a shot when hunters kill other big game animals. This year a bowhunting guide was killed by two grizzly bears while preparing a client's elk to pack out. Explain to his wife and five children why grizzly should not be hunted. If people don't want bears hunted, may I propose relocating some of the grizzly bears back into their historic range in California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado, etc and see how long it takes before residents of those states decide they don't want to carry bear spray when they go for their morning jog. After all the California State flag proudly displays a grizzly!