El Oso Plateado


The photograph above depicts the last known Mexican Grizzly (a now-extinct subspecies of brown bear endemic to northern Mexico and the American southwest; Ursus arctos nelsoni), shot in 1957 and paraded through the streets of Ciudad Chihuahua.

Both the photograph and the bear’s extinction have always struck me as unspeakably sad, which is why I’ve long wanted to write on the topic. Now, I’ve had the chance: This month’s issue of the Hypocrite Reader (an online magazine where I’ve contributed previously) includes an essay of mine about its loss, animals in the imagination, and the singularity of landscapes, among other things. I hope you enjoy it.


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