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All About Ojai: The Bear Essentials

By on December 11, 2018 in All About Ojai, Events, News

All About Ojai: The Bear Essentials.

Saturday, January 12. 10 am.

OVLC Office, 370 W. Baldwin Road.

Prior to the Gold Rush, California was home to as many as ten thousand grizzly bears. After 1849, the state’s grizzly population plummeted. The last credible sighting of a wild “chaparral bear” occurred near Sequoia National Park in 1924. Today, California’s grizzlies are lost but not forgotten; they have been extinct in the state for nearly a century, but they remain our official mascot and some Californians are beginning to wonder whether it is time to bring them back. This lecture will discuss the work of the California Grizzly Study Group, a project launched in 2016 at UC Santa Barbara that is conducting the first major study of the past, present, and potential future of grizzlies in California since 1955.

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Dr. Peter Alagona is an associate professor of history, geography, and environmental studies at UCSB. Before coming to Santa Barbara, he studied at Northwestern University and UCLA, and held fellowships at Harvard and Stanford. An environmental historian by training, his work explores what happens when humans share space and resources-their habitats-with other species. He has published more than four dozen books and articles on these and related topics, including After the Grizzly: Endangered Species and the Politics of Place in California, published by the University of California Press in 2013.

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