A bear like Old Ephraim could do serious damge
to a heard of sheep, but this story is tragic because it ended the ara
of the grizzly bears in this region.
During the actual confrontation, Clark probably didn't
have time to consider how he felt about killing Old Ephraim, because
the bear would have killed him. But according to Clark's niece, Thelma
Daniels, her uncle later spoke of regrets, because the grizzly was such
a magnificent animal.
"If I had it to do over again," he once
said, "I wouldn't do it." Clark remained a bachelor all of
his life and died in 1960.
(researched by Newell J. Crookston, excerpts taken
from the 3C"count of Frank Clark)