California grizzly bear

Subspecies of mammal

The California grizzly bear (Ursus arctos californicus) is an extinct population or subspecies of the brown bear.[2]

California grizzly bear
Specimen at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Ursidae
Genus: Ursus
U. a. californicus
Trinomial name
Ursus arctos californicus
Merriam 1896 [1]
  • colusus Merriam, 1914
  • henshawi Merriam, 1914
  • klamathensis Merriam, 1914
  • magister Merriam, 1914
  • mendocinensis Merriam, 1916
  • tularensis Merriam, 1914

The California grizzly bear was much like the Kodiak bear of the southern coast of Alaska.

The grizzly became a symbol of the Bear Flag Republic.[3]


  1. Merriam 1896, pp. 76–77
  2. Wright, William Henry (1909), The Grizzly Bear: The Narrative of a Hunter-naturalist, Historical, Scientific and Adventurous
  3. Storer, T.I.; Tevis, L.P. (1996). California Grizzly. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. pp. 335, 42–187. ISBN 978-0-520-20520-8. Archived from the original on 2020-06-11. Retrieved 2021-01-27.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)