ZT: Meaning of "grizzly" The word "grizzly" means "grizzled"; that is, golden and grey tips of the hair. T his is not to be confused with the word "grisly". Nonetheless, after careful study, naturalist George Ord formally classified the California grizzly in 1815—not for its hair, but for its character—Ursus horribilis. Thus Ord made a famous pun. Indeed there were many accounts of grizzlies fighting and beating longhorn bulls.
Only about 1,500 grizzlies are left in the lower 48 states of the US. Of these, about 800 live in Montana. About 600 more live in Wyoming, in the Yellowstone - Teton area. There are an estimated 70–100 grizzly bears living in northern and eastern Idaho.
北美洲的土着对这里的棕熊怀着高度的恐惧。 Lewis - Clark 在探测北美洲中、西部的日记里对这种脾气坏的大熊有详细的描述。 美国的国家公园管理局公布的 资料指出 Grizzly Bears 是北美洲最强壮，有攻击性的肉食性动物。