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Exhibit item: [Skull of Richardson Grizzly, #46918]. With permission of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley

Exhibit item:
[Skull of Richardson Grizzly, #46918]
With permission of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley

Quotation:
JOSEPH GRINNELL
"California's Grizzly Bears," Sierra Club Bulletin, 1938

"One of the Pasadena boys who had become a hero in my young eyes was Walter L. Richardson, now of Porterville. On May 16, 1894, he shot a nearly full-grown male grizzly in Big Tujunga Canyon. What is more, unlike very many hunters, he took pains to save the skull and pelt of the animal in first-class shape, in later years, preserving them against damage from insects and sunlight. Through gift from Mr. Richardson, these now comprise the most perfect specimen of California-taken grizzly contained in the California Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, hence a possession of the State. Important descriptive comment based on this specimen has been printed in the scientific literature."

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