Pend Oreille Lake Bearpaw Petroglyphs
This is a very unique petroglyph site with mainly nothing but Bear Paw engravings, possibly counting bear kills which was a very scary proposition for even a good hunter considering they didn't have rifles until recently. Bears were considered monsters by most tribes and were left alone and avoided like a plague. Rock art carvings with bear paws can be seen here and at Cranbrook and
John Day Dam
, but generally are very rare.
This site is considered so sacred by local tribes that no fencing is allowed and therefore we cannot give directions to it for fear of people touching it, making rubbings, or defacing.
Never touch or make rubbings of petroglyphs as it causes faster erosion.
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