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Exhibit item: ROBERT WELLMAN, Letter to Joseph Grinnell, April 20, 1918. With permission of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley

Exhibit item:
ROBERT WELLMAN
Letter to Joseph Grinnell, April 20, 1918
With permission of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley.

Wellman describes in detail his capturing of the last grizzly to be found in the Yosemite area.

Quotation:
JOHN MUIR
Picturesque California, 1894

"[Jim] Duncan confessed to me, when we made an excursion together in 1875, that he was at first mortally afraid of bears, but after killing a half dozen he began to keep count of his victims, and became ambitious to be known as a great bear-hunter. In nine years he had killed forty-nine, keeping count by notches cut on one of the timbers of his cabin on the shore of Crescent Lake, near the south boundary of [Yosemite] Park. He said the more he knew about bears, the more he respected them and the less he feared them. But at the same time he grew more and more cautious, and never fired until he had every advantage, no matter how long he had to wait... For old grizzlies, he said, he had no use whatever, and he was mighty careful to avoid their acquaintance. He wanted to kill an even hundred; then he was going to confine himself to safer game. There was not much money in bears, anyhow, and a round hundred was enough for glory."

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