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Logan, Utah: Grave of the Last Grizzly Bear in Utah Team Field Report

Temple Fork Rd, Logan, UT
Northeast of Logan on US 89 into the state forest, then right onto Temple Fork Rd. Extremely hazardous; do not attempt without an off-road vehicle and survival gear!
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Grave of the Last Grizzly Bear in Utah

"Old Ephraim" was finally hunted down in a very remote spot, challenging anyone who wants to visit his grave. Report...

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Grave of the Last Grizzly Bear in Utah

It wasn't the last grizzly bear in Utah, it was just an unusually large grizzly bear. The skull (just a jawbone now) was returned to Utah by the Smithsonian, and is now at the Utah State University library in the Special Collections department.

[Brandon, 06/12/2017]

Old Ephraim's grave.

Grave of the Last Grizzly Bear in Utah

I paused at the grizzly bear grave briefly while doing some four-wheeling in the mountains.

[Candace, 02/04/2013]

Old Emphraim was shot by a bounty hunter in 1923 after he'd developed an appetite for the local sheep. He was buried where he fell; he weighed over half a ton. His grave monument was later built by the Boy Scouts.

Old Ephraim's skull

Last I knew, Ol' Ephraim's skull was returned from the Smithsonian and is currently, (or at least it was 6 yrs ago) on display in the Special Collections section of the Utah State University library in Logan, Utah. His grave is quite a bit harder to reach - you need a high-clearance vehicle, plenty of gas and a very detailed map/or gear to spend the night after you get lost. The grave itself sits in the bottom of a wash and is marked by a tall granite monument, as tall as the bear was. The remains of the bear were cremated after it was shot, and the skull was retrieved by a boy scout troop years later. If memory serves me correctly, that troop was lead by Ezra Taft Benson who later became Secretary of Agriculture under Pres. Eisenhower. Why he wanted to take a troop of scouts out to look for the skull is another mystery.

[Ted Steinhorst, 01/21/1998]

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