The California Grizzly

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Until recently, the California Grizzly was classified as the more generic species of Grizzly Bear or Ursus horribilis. The California Grizzlies were prized for their size and strength, but by 1922 they were extinct. Despite this, the California Grizzly remains the symbol of the state flag of California, previously the Bear Republic. I’m going home to California next week–so I have the CA Grizzly on my mind. I’m also reminded of this extraordinary scene in Jim Jarmusch’s glorious film, Ghost Dog, instructing us on how bears were regarded in ancient cultures: https://www.youtube.com/embed/j-p2xAyF6fA“>

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