California’s Bear Flag was modeled after the last wild Californian grizzly bear. The bear, named “Monarch”, was captured in 1889 at the behest of William Randolph Hearst. Monarch then lived at the Golden Gate Park Zoo until his death in 1911. California Grizzlies became extinct in the wild sometime around the early 1900s, and so Monarch was truly the last of his kind. Throughout the years, the flag of California has gone through many updates and in 1953, the state adopted its first flag brand standards guide to regulate the inconsistency throughout the state. In 2011, the flag was once again modernized to fix various problems with inconsistency and kerning.