California grizzly bear

Ursus arctos californicus

The California grizzly bear was a particularly large variety of Grizzly bear. Native to California, it has become a widely recognized symbol of the state.

The first Spanish settlers to California reported a large variety of grizzly bear in the late 1700s. One was reported as weighing 1.1 tons.


Countries where the California grizzly bear lived


The California grizzly bear lived in the dense forests of California.

California grizzly bear habitat


Following the California gold rush, the population of California grew significantly. The bears frequently attacked the livestock. The settlers began hunting the bears down. They sometimes captured a bear, and fought them against bulls. There were none left by the early 20th century.

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