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Do grizzlies live in Minnesota?

No, not any more, although grizzly bears may have lived within 50 miles of Ely 5,000 to 8,000 years ago.  At that time, much of Minnesota was prairie.  Grizzly bear skulls have been found as far east as Ontario and Labrador.   

In the last 5,000 years, forest reclaimed much of the Minnesota prairie and pushed grizzly bears to the western edge of Minnesota.  In the 1800's, grizzlies lived from western Minnesota to California and from central Mexico north through Canada and Alaska.  They also may have persisted into the 1800's east of Hudson Bay because a grizzly bear skull dating from the late 1700's was found in an Eskimo midden in Labrador.