First Glacier Bear Shown at NZP

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"The first specimen of the Glacier Bear, or Blue Bear, of the Mt. St. Elias Alps, ever shown in any zoological park, so far as known, has been received ... from Yakutat, Alaska. This remarkable bear was first brought to the attention of scientists by Dr. William H. Dall over 20 years ago and was named by him." This bear was captured as a cub by Indians, and at the time of donation was about 18 months old.


  • Dall, William Healey 1845-1927
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)


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"Local Notes," 8/1/1917, p. 3

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  • Animals
  • Zoos
  • Ethnology
  • Bears


  • Alaska
  • North America

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