Bear "writing" on Sequoia

During his exploration of the Giant Sequoia belt in 1875, Muir observed the evidence of bears.

“On many of the trees, at a height of six or eight feet, [the bear’s] autographs were inscribed in strong, free, flowing strokes on the soft bark where they had stood up like cats to stretch their limbs. Using both hands, every claw a pen, the handsome curved lines of their writing take the form of remarkably regular interlacing pointed arches, producing a truly ornamental effect. I looked and listened, half expecting to see some of the writers alarmed and withdrawing from the unwonted disturbance.” (Shone Collection of Muiriana, Bear "writing." 1875)

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Read King Sequoia: The Tree That Inspired a Nation, Created Our National Park System, and Changed the Way We Think about Nature, 2015 by William C. Tweed.