Californian grizzly bear

Californian grizzly bear

California's official state animal, the Californian grizzly bear is extinct. Settlers killed most of them as the grizzlies killed livestock. Mexican Caballeros roped grizzlies, dragging them into doomed public battles with wild bulls. The modern stock market got its "bear" and "bull" nicknames based on the fighting styles of the two animals. The bear swipes downward while the bull hooks upward. The last hunted Californian grizzly was shot in Tulare County, California in August 1922.

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