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Grizzly Gastronomy

To him [the grizzly bear] almost everything is food, except granite. Every tree helps to feed him, every bush and herb, with fruits and flowers, leaves and bark; and all the animals he can catch--badgers, gophers, ground-squirrels, lizards, snakes, etc., and ants, bees, wasps, old and young, together with their eggs and larvae and nests. Craunched [sic] and hashed, down all go to his marvellous stomach, and vanish as if cast into a fire. What digestion! A sheep or a wounded deer or a pig he eats warm, about as quickly as a boy eats a buttered muffin; or should the meat be a month old, it still is welcomed with tremendous relish. After so gross a meal as this, perhaps the next will be strawberries [huckleberries] and clover, or raspberries [service berries] with mushrooms and nuts, or puckery...chokecherries.1

--John Muir

1. John Muir, "Among the Animals of the Yosemite," Atlantic Monthly (Nov. 1898), Vol. LXXXII, p. 617.
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From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)