Arctodus simus

The short-faced bear is an extinct bear that inhabited North America during the Pleistocene epoch from about 1.8 Mya until 11,000 years ago. It was the most common early North American bear and was most abundant in California. There are two recognized species: Arctodus pristinus and Arctodus simus, with the latter considered one of the largest known terrestrial mammalian carnivores. It has been hypothesized that their extinction coincides with the Younger Dryas period of global cooling.

Short-faced bear in The Opening of the World[]

Short-faced bears lived in the Raumsdalian Empire and the Bizogot lands to the north. The Bizogot Bear Claw Clan wore necklaces of the bears' claws as their sacred ornament.