The question of reintroducing the bears must be answered soon, but to do so we msut The main implication to take into consideration surrounding the grizzly bears is that of biological diversity. What does that mean for us as humans? The National Wildlife Federation defines biological diversity as “the variety of life”, claiming that the way living organisms interplay can be one of the most difficult to understand concepts in the realm of science. The importance of biodiversity cannot be overstated. Biodiversity is a huge contributor to our wonderfully stocked grocery stores, diverse plant life, and beautiful nature. Every year scientists discover new medicines from the genetics of plants and animals as a result of the diversity of wildlife on this Earth. Biodiversity strengthens ecosystems, increases resistance to animal-borne disease, and altogether makes this world the wonder that it is. Grizzly bears, and any other extinct or endangered species, are or have been at some point a critical component of this diversity, and we as humans can’t afford to endure any more environmental deficits than we currently face, nor should we have to.
Although residents of California may be wary of having an apex predator in such close proximity to their homes, they can rest easy knowing that many scientists have deliberated over this proposal and have determined that plenty of space would be allocated for the bears in the Sierra Nevada wilderness far from urban areas if the reintroduction was implemented. With grizzly bears eating mainly roots and berries, and scavenging off of animal carcasses, they pose little threat to humans unless directly threatened. However, those circumstances can easily be avoided by practicing general bear safety like keeping distance and making your presence known while hiking or camping. As seen with the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park, species that were once eradicated can indeed be successfully brought back to their native habitats, not only without threatening humans but with amazing benefits to the ecosystem and livelihood of the environment.
We have been given an opportunity as a species to help another come back to life, an opportunity to reverse a bad decision from 100 years ago. As we tackle global warming, drought, and renewable energy sources among other issues, disappearing species shouldn’t be a factor. We owe it to ourselves, to the animals to whom we are more similar than we think, and to the Earth that we live on and are currently destroying. Reintroducing the grizzly bear population into California is a big first step in conquering one of the many problems we face, and it is such an important one to start working on.