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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Once the most densely populated Grizzly region of the what is now the USA, the last Caliornia Griz was killed in 1924......."THE CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY would like to see the grizzly introduced back into California and is petitioning the USFW folks to do just that........... "The group says there’s 8,000 miles of uninhabited Sierra Nevada the bear could call home"............. "The grizzly bear was once a considerable presence in Southern California"............. "Biologists Tracey Storer and Lloyd Tevis in their seminal 1955 study, "California Grizzly," estimated the animal's population within the Golden State at 10,000"............... "Grizzlies lived along the coast, in riparian zones along the Los Angeles River, and in chaparral".................. "In fact, besides the inland deserts, the one habitat grizzlies seemed to avoid were the coniferous forests associated with black bears today"............................."Place names attest to the bear's wide distribution".............. "In the San Bernardino Mountains, Bear Valley and Big Bear Lake derive their names from the abundance of grizzlies Benjamin D. Wilson spotted on an expedition through the marshy depression".......... "And in Orange County, according to local lore, Oso Parkway recalls the grizzlies that once roamed the area's foothills"

Is California Ready For The Grizzly Bear, Again?

  10 HOURS AGO NPR Radio

Two grizzly bears playing at the Pocatello Zoo in Idaho.
Griz roamed all throughout California except
in eastern desert region

A Brief History

 of Bears

 in the Los 

Angeles Area

Riders capture a grizzly bear.
Courtesy of the Security Pacific National Bank
Collection, Los Angeles Public Library.

Californians capture a grizzly bear. Courtesy of the California State Library.
Californians capture a grizzly bear. Courtesy
 of the California State Library.
Two men lasso a bear in Ventura County. Courtesy of the USC Libraries - California Historical Society Collection.
Two men lasso a bear in Ventura County.
 Courtesy of the USC Libraries - California
Historical Society Collection.

About the Author

A writer specializing in Los Angeles history, Nathan Masters
 serves as manager of academic events and programming
communications for the USC Libraries, the host institution for L.A

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