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I am an avid hiker and backpacker, and frequent visitor to the North Cascades. Having encountered grizzly bears in the North Cascades, and behaving circumspectly during the encounter, I have no hesitation in continuing to visit the area [“Grizzly bears can make North Cascades a piece of wild America,” Opinion, March 23].

I believe it is important to find out as much as I can about how to act around this admittedly dangerous and unpredictable predator if I am going to go into the wilderness. As a human with the power to educate myself and think about what I am doing, it is incumbent on me to respect the wild and its inhabitants, not exclude other creatures from their native habitat.

Excluding them is too steep a price to pay for human ignorance and carelessness. Humans should be excluded before the less dangerous natural inhabitants. And, as I’m sure you know, grizzlies are less dangerous than humans. Grizzlies don’t carry guns.

Mary Hollen, Greenbank