Bear Hunter

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Bear Hunter
Died January 29, 1863
Bear River, Idaho
Native name Wirasuap
Known for leading Shoshoni at Battle of Bear River

Bear Hunter (died January 29, 1863), "also known as Wirasuap (bear spirit)"[1] was a Shoshone chief of the Great Basin who strongly resisted white colonization of the area in the 1860s. He and his war parties attacked Mormon colonists, telegraph workers, and wagon trains heading west while federal troops were preoccupied with the American Civil War.[2] In 1862, a Californian volunteer infantry led by Patrick Edward Connor established a fort on the Wasatch Range near Salt Lake City. In January 1863, they attacked Bear Hunter's village in an action known as the Bear River Massacre today.[3][4] Bear Hunter was among those tortured and killed.[5]


  1. ^ "Bear Hunter". Kids Encyclopedia, Britannica. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  2. ^ "Battle Summary: Bear River, ID; Massacre at Boa Ogoi". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  3. ^ Lonny L. Grout. "Military History Online - The Bear River Massacre and the American Civil War". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  4. ^ Brigham D. Madsen. "Bear River Massacre". Utah History to Go. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  5. ^ "Bear Hunter". National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-10-12.