Frank Clark, born in 1879 in Cherry Creek, near Malad,
Idaho, was an energetic, nature-loving man. He was an excellent shot
with his trusty .25-35 caliber rifle. His constant companion was his
little sheep dog, Jennie, and of course his string of horses. He was
partowner of the Ward Clark Sheep Company. During Clark's first summer
in Cache National Forest (1911), he counted over 150 dead sheep. He
killed over fifty bears in his crusade against them. Old Ephraim was
the smartest, fastest, strongest of them all. Mr. Clark became very
well acquainted with "Old Eph's" habits during the years.
By 1914, Mr. Clark was determined to get Old Ephraim.
He set out with this as his main objective. He set trap after trap in
the grizzly's favorite wallows, but each time the trap was either removed,
un sprung, or flung many yards away. He tried all the tricks he knew,
but could never get "Old Eph" in his trap, nor could he get
many glimpses of him. Always around the herd, there was the evidence
of dead sheep. Old Ephraim was getting bolder and bolder, and more of
a ruthless killer as the years passed.