They are one of the most popular big game species in North America because of their size and how dangerous they can be, and man has been hunting them for centuries dating back to prehistoric times. It is part of our heritage as hunter gatherers.
Grizzly bears are actually a large subspecies of brown bear. They obtained their Latin classification, Ursus arctos horribilis, meaning “Bear Horrible” from a naturalist named George Ord in 1815. The name “grizzly” was actually given to them by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. When they came in contact with them, they described them as grisly, which most believe was a reference to their grizzled golden and grey tips of hair. It is also thought to be in reference to their “grisly” or fear inspiring behavior at times.