Old Ephraim: The Legendary Grizzly of the Bear River Range: The Legend Lives On

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The Legend Lives On

A snow sculpture of Old Ephraim on USU’s Quad created by Lambda Delta Sigma fraternityca. 1960. The sign reads: “ ‘Old Ephraim: Great Grizzly of Cache Valley Legend. Roamed the Hills for 4050 years. Trapped and Killed by Frank Clark (year 1922). Buried at Junction of Trail Long Hollow.” [click to enlarge]
(USU Special Collections & Archives, Orson Winso Israelsen irrigation photographs, P0358, Box 2, Folder 7, Item 3) 

Though the details may have changed over the years, stories continue to revere Old Ephraim and reminisce about the days that once were, back when the old grizzly bear ruled the forest. To many, Old Ephraim represents a wilder time when life was simpler and people were tougher. His death marked the point when the wild was taken out of the wilderness and the forest became tamer. This longing for an earlier era also reminds us of the significant impact our activities have on the environment and that the health of our mountains and its wildlife depend on our ability to restrain our most destructive impulses and balance our needs with those of the natural world.

Old Ephraim Songs

[1] “Here’s Story of Old Ephraim by the Man Who Bagged Him,” The Herald Journal, February 24, 1953, USU SCA LJAHA MSS 01, Series 7, Box 48, Folder 9, Leonard J. Arrington Papers, 1839–1999, Utah State University Special Collections & Archives, Logan, UT, accessed July 7, 2019, http://digital.lib.usu.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/Ephraim/id/110/rec/21.