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Exhibit item: JIM SLEEPER, A Grizzly Introduction to the Santa Ana Mountains: A Boys' Book of Bear Stories (Not for Boys), 1976

Exhibit item:
JIM SLEEPER
A Grizzly Introduction to the Santa Ana Mountains: A Boys' Book of Bear Stories (Not for Boys), 1976

Quotation:
TERRY ELMO STEPHENSON
Shadows of Old Saddleback: Tales of the Santa Ana Mountains..., 1931.

...Ed had a 30-30 rifle. He blazed away, and hit the bear in the left shoulder. Ed fired another time, but the bear was still snapping at the dogs, it took a third shot to put her entirely out of commission. The carcass was brought off the mountain. Part of the time it was dragged and part of the time it was carried on a pole. The skin was brought into Santa Ana and exhibited in a shoe store window.

"It's a grizzly," declared one mountaineer, positively.

"It's just a common black bear," said another.

Finally the controversy, grown warm, was settled by the highest authority in the land, C. Hart Merriam, then chief of the Biological Survey, United States Department of Agriculture, to whom the skin and skull of the bear were sent.

"It was an old female grizzly," wrote Mr. Merriam. "We are very glad to have this specimen for our National Museum, where it will remain forever labeled with your names. Yours is a genuine grizzly. There is no question about it."

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