Times Past

October 5, 2013 6:33 PM

Bears didn't fare well during the 19th century

Today’s black bears would pale alongside the massive California grizzlies that roamed the region until the late 1800s. The largest creature in California, the grizzly was feared and honored until they became entertainment during lethal bear versus bull contests.

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About Dan Krieger

Dan Krieger

Dan Krieger is a professor emeritus of history at Cal Poly and past president of the California Mission Studies Association.

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