The Grand Canyon has been the site of many stories, from the discovery of fossils buried beneath its surface, to the rise of dinosaurs on its edge, and it’s now getting its first-ever visit from a bear.
A bear spotted on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim and named the bear from Washington and Idaho, Cady Robinson of the National Parks Service’s Grand Canyon team reported Monday in the Desert News.
The bear has been identified as a male, according to Robinson, but that’s not known for sure. His name comes from the Grand Canyon National Park Service, which in 1995 named the bear Pahokee because he resembled the Pacific Northwest’s first spotted bear.
The bear was spotted by hikers on Saturday and campers reported seeing him Monday afternoon, when he was spotted near the base of the Big Bear Camp, about 30 miles east of Big Sur.
For nearly 30 years, Robinson said, Pahokee was just one of the bear’s many strange calls, including the sound of snapping wood and an eerie whistling song when he was hungry.
It’s not the first time a bear has taken to the Grand Canyon. This year marks what would be the bear’s 50th birthday.