To honor the Grizz and to help protect what is left of California's
fragile chaparral ecosystem
Although it once characterized the wilds of California, the California grizzly bear is now extinct. The last grizzly in Southern California was tracked down and killed in Holy Jim Canyon less than 20 miles northeast of San Juan Capistrano in early 1908.
For every child who learns that Southern California was as once as wild as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Alaska, we propose establishing the Grizzly Bear National Monument as part of the National Park System in what is now the Trabuco Ranger District of the Cleveland National Forest. This gesture harkens back to a time when condors soared over wildlands populated by pronghorn antelope and millions of wildflowers; grizzlies navigated the old-growth chaparral to find perennial streams filled with wild trout; and jaguars roamed the deep canyons of the region's diverse landscape. It's time we secure that heritage and preserve the jewel of Southern California's coastal mountain range.
Shot and killed by Ed Adkinson and Andrew Joplin, the remains of this bear were sent to the Smithsonian Institution. "Little Black Bear," as she was called, was the last of her kind.
The last Grizz in southern California, killed in 1908.
A mural in Los Osos, California.
Enjoy a Vintage Video
On March 12, 2009, reporter Diane Schram interviewed us about the Grizzly Bear National Monument.
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and granting the California Grizzly the respect it deserves!
The Lookout Roadhouse
Grizzly Adams, Barb, and Rebecca at the famous Lookout Roadhouse within the Grizzly Bear National Monument - an outstanding place to grab some excellent grub!