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Exhibit item: WILLIAM H. WRIGHT, The Grizzly Bear, 1909

Exhibit item:
WILLIAM H. WRIGHT
The Grizzly Bear, 1909

Grizzly bear authority and hunting guide William Wright acknowledged Grizzly Adams as having been the greatest influence on his life. Published in 1909, his book contained some of the first photographs of live grizzlies in the wild.

Quotation:
WILLIAM H. WRIGHT
The Grizzly Bear, 1909

"In the beginning I studied the grizzly in order to hunt him. I marked his haunts and his habits, I took notice of his likes and dislikes; I learned his indifferences and his fears; I spied upon the perfection of his senses and the limitations of his instincts, simply that I might the better slay him. For many a year, and in many a fastness of the hills, I pitted my shrewdness against his, and my wariness against his, and my endurance against his; and many a time I came out winner in the game, and many a time I owned myself the loser. And then at last my interest in my opponent grew to overshadow my interest in the game. I had studied the grizzly to hunt him. I came to hunt him in order to study him. I laid aside my rifle. It is twelve years since I have killed a grizzly."

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