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As they travel up the Missouri, the white pirogue's rudder breaks on a submerged log and must be repaired. The men meet a large Grizzly bear which requires 10 shots to finally be killed. They render his fat for cooking their food.

I went out with one man Geo. Drewyer & Killed the bear, which was verry large and a turrible looking animal, which we found verry hard to kill we Shot ten Balls into him before we killed him, & 5 of those Balls through his lights

William Clark

Grizzly bear, Ursus arctos horribilis

Painting of hunters stalking a grizzly bear

Painting by Karl Bodmer circa 1833.

saw a great number of white brant also the common brown brant, geese of the common kind and a small species of geese which differ considerably from the common canadian goose

Meriwether Lewis

Aleutian Canada goose or Cackling Goose, Branta canadensis leucopareia

Smaller goose that appears similar to the common Canada goose

Photo created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Snow goose, Chen caerulescens

Smaller goose that appears similar to the common Canada goose

Photo by unknown photographer. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

During this day the country appeared beautiful on both sides of the river. We went sixteen miles and encamped on the North side.

Patrick Gass

Missouri River near Wolf Point

Wide sandy shore along the Missouri river near Wolf Point, Montana