@Charles, I don't want to punch you in the nose, and wish I'd read the thread and known you were here for the Festival. I appreciate your provocative article, and think you make interesting arguments. There's a lot on which we agree. I am also bummed that our culture struggles to make space for the Wild. Current discourse around wolves demonstrates our inability to live and let live. Keep writing.
I agree with the arguments in other comments that suggest carrying and God forbid using pepper spray is better for an attacking griz. I also take issue with the notion that "we should set aside huge swaths of country that human beings aren't allowed to set foot on..." Why? While I agree there may be justification for occasional or regular closures, like in the Mission Range in Montana, humans and grizzly bears have coevolved. Humans have used and appreciated this planet since the beginning of our time here. The author's comments reek of a misanthropic tone I find unusual among Wilderness users and advocates.
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