• For the University of California, Berkeley sports program, see California Golden Bears.
California Golden Bear
Monarch the bear
Range California
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Ursidae
Genus Ursus
Species U. arctos
Conservation Status

The California golden bear or California grizzly (Ursus arctos californicus) is an extinct subspecies of the brown bear. The California golden bear disappeared from the state of California in 1922, when the last one was shot in Tulare County. In 1866, a grizzly weighing 2,200 pounds was killed in Valley Center, California, the largest grizzly killed in California.


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Flag of California

The California golden bear is the official state animal, and it appears on the Flag of California. It is alluded to in the names of the sports teams of the University of California, Berkeley (the California Golden Bears), and of the University of California, Los Angeles (the UCLA Bruins) and in the mascot of University of California, Riverside (Scottie the Bear, dressed in a Highland kilt). The California Maritime Acakdemy operates a training ship named "Golden Bear".


The last California Brown Bear was shot in Tulare County in August 1922. However, black bears still live in the mountainous regions of California.

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