THERE AREN’T ANY WILD GRIZZLY BEARS IN CALIFORNIA. This wasn’t always the case: before western settlers arrived in the state, they were everywhere. They were so ubiquitous that to this day they’re featured on the state flag. But settlers effectively exterminated all of the wild bears within state borders, to the point of local extinction.
Now, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering reintroducing them to the state.