rlown wrote:But if Griz were to return, I'd still bring a can.
Russ, if Griz were to return, we'd have to carry rifles - just like they do in Denali. Now, that would be a conundrum: a 2lb canister vs a 10lb firearm.
Still, the larger point is, when wolf & lion populations are diminished, the secondary predator/foragers - namely coyotes & hyenas - fill the vacated niches. But, unlike the regal (anthropomorphic warning) apex predators, secondary foragers, which previously operated on the margins, tend to go hog wild with their new found opportunities. No longer are they constantly harassed, worried and chased out of territory, nor are their young routinely killed if found.
The situation with black bears is somewhat similar, but unlike the Sierra, we don't see suburbanites or Masai kowtowing to the newly crowned pretender "kings". Could you imagine the park service sending out rangers to bother black bears, periodically kill their cubs, and instill some fear by acting in the Grizzly's stead? Nope, much easier, and a way, way more publicly appealing to impose additional rules on one of the most domesticated species on earth.