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THEODORE M. COPELAND, 'Bruin,' California Illustrated Magazine, April, 1892, illustration

Exhibit item:
THEODORE M. COPELAND
"Bruin," California Illustrated Magazine, April, 1892
Illustration

Quotation:
BENJAMIN DAVIS WILSON
Observations on Early Days in California ...: manuscript, 1877

"[In 1844 we] crossed over to what is now called Bear Lake - before arriving at the lake capturing a village, the people of which had all left except two old women & some children.

On evening of the 2nd day arrived at the lake - the whole lake & swamp seem’d to be alive with bear; the 22 young Californians went out in pairs, and each pair lassoed one bear and brought the result to the camp, so that had at one & same time 11 bear - this prompted me to give the lake the name it now bears ...

On the return by way of Bear Lake, the same 22 men that went with me to that lake repeated the feat of bringing eleven bears to camp - making 22 killed on the trip."

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