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Posted on 07/31/2015


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About California Grizzlies

About California Grizzlies
This is the state flag of California, which we simply call the Bear Flag. (Yes, Calif. was once, very briefly, a Republic.)

The California Grizzly Bear used to exist everywhere in the state. As the early Mexican cattle herds grew, so did the big-bear population. The early settlers could only ship dried cowhides. The carcasses ended up belonging to the bears.

The fearless 18th century californios entertained themselves by riding out at night, not to shoot, but to lasso the giant bears. Sometimes an especially big bear was roped, caged and hauled away to be corralled with longhorn bulls and fight to the death. Hard on the bears. But It wasn’t until the gold rush and American statehood came, that the California Grizzly started its downward spiral to extinction.

The last grizzly bear in this state died about 100 years ago. Now there’s a movement to introduce another subspecies. The rationale seems to be this: the bears would add “zest” and “humility" to the hiking experience in our mountains.

I‘ve had a little experience with grizzlies in Canada and Alaska. I believe they are immensely clever. Their personalities range from very mild-mannered to criminally insane. When you meet a 700 lb. griz with knife-like teeth and 4 inch claws, you don’t know where that particular bear falls on the personality scale. That adds zest and humility, all right!

Lorenzo Kjell Salmonson, William Sutherland, RQ 01012015 have particularly liked this photo


8 comments - The latest ones
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Terrific capture!
2 years ago.
W9JIM - Jim Doss
W9JIM - Jim Doss
Two points:
1. When I saw the flag, I though, "Republic", yeah, right. Not much of one any longer." Include the entire US of A in there, too.

2. Having spent a lot of years in Wyoming and having camped in the Tetons and Yellowstone on many occasions, I can tell you that grizzlies are the one and only land animal (here in the lower 48) that I'm truly afraid of. Black bears are nothing more than mosquitoes in comparison; cougars are just kittens.

But then, we could all probably use a bit more humility in our self-centered lives.
2 years ago.
Meadowmom has replied to W9JIM - Jim Doss
Hi, Jim...Thanks, I always value your mountain expertise (and political opinion).
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
I'll pretend to neither mountain expertise or political opinions and just say I enjoyed your comments on Grizzlies. Have yet to meet one and am in no hurry to do so.
2 years ago.
Larry He's So Fine
Larry He's So Fine
Met a grizz a few years back while riding my mountain bike. I gave it a wide berth and moved along pretty quickly. Cool looking flag by the way.
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
The very last line truly made me grin from ear to ear.

Yes.. we the species need many lessons.. they are but two. Sadly.. some of our species thiunk we own the world.....

Put in a bull pen with a handsome Griz may well teach a a few... who need it... vital lessons...
2 years ago.
Alan Burch
Alan Burch
Uhhh....no! Only an idiot, I think, would want to bring the grizzly back to the mountains. Yellowstone is not that far away. Go there. haha
2 years ago.