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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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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Starting in the mid 1800's, Gold Rush settlers eliminated the California Grizzly Bears over a 70 year span with the last bruins disappearing in the early 1900's................About 10,000 grizzly bears roamed the valleys, foothills and coastal areas of California in the early 1800's, coexisting with native Californians and enjoying the region’s bounty of seafood and berry producing plants like Toyon(hollyberry) ..............Many biologists feel that California had the "thickest" density of Griz compared to the rest of their western North American historical range............Their impact so large that the Grizzly Bear is the California animal that adorns the state flag and seal..............There is now a call for rewilding the Bears to their once thriving hunting grounds...........In 2014, the advocacy group, the Center for Biological Diversity, filed petitions asking the Fish and Wildlife Service to recover the bears in more of their historic range in Colorado, Idaho and Utah......................Will the 8000 square miles of Sierra Nevada, California mountains be the next stop for the iconic Griz?

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The grizzly bear, drawn by Donald Greame Kelley, is on the California state flag – but the last time a grizzly was spotted in the state was 92 years ago, near Sequoia National Park.
“California’s Jubilee, Semi-Centennial Celebration,” by Calthea Campbell Vivian in 1896, also is part of the show, running through June 19, about California’s state animal.

The sheet music for “Grizzly Bear Rag” is part of the traveling exhibition “Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly” at the California Museum.

The artwork “Grizzly Bear Fishing” is part of the “Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly” exhibit that will hang through June 19 at the California Museum.

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