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Trophy Bear


Just got this email from a friend in Alaska:

The downloaded pictures are of a man who works for the US Forest Service in Alaska and his trophy bear (killed in self defense).

[Sorry, I'm not savvy enough to know how to convert a bitmap photo to jpeg. Believe me the photo is incredible. Read on.]

He was out deer hunting last week when a large grizzly bear charged him from about 50 yards away. The guy emptied his 7mm Magnum semi-automatic rifle into the bear and it dropped a few feet from him. The big bear was still alive so he reloaded and shot it several times in the head.

The bear was just over one thousand six hundred pounds. It stood 12' 6" high at the shoulder, 14' to the top of his head. It's the largest grizzly bear ever recorded in the world.

Of course, the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Commission did not let him keep it as a trophy, but the bear will be stuffed and mounted, and placed on display at the Anchorage airport to remind tourists of the risks involved when in the wild.

Based on the contents of the bears stomach, the Fish and Wildlife Commission established the bear had killed at least two humans in the past 72 hours including a missing hiker.

The US Forest Service, backtracking from where the bear had originated, found the hiker's 38-caliber pistol emptied. Not far from the pistol were the remains of the hiker. The other body has not been found.

Although the hiker fired six shots and managed to hit the grizzly with four shots (the Service ultimately found four 38 caliber slugs along with twelve 7mm slugs inside the bear's dead body), it only wounded the bear and probably angered it immensely.

The bear killed the hiker an estimated two days prior to the bear's own death by the gun of the Forest Service worker.

Think about this:
If you are an average size man; You would be level with the bear's navel when he stood upright. The bear would look you in the eye when it walked on all fours! To give additional perspective, consider that this particular bear, standing on its hind legs, could walk up to an average single story house and look over the roof, or walk up to a two story house and look in the bedroom windows.


Give a link dude...a link.


Nice story.

I call bullshit till i see a link.


Sorry, it was just an email. No website involved.

(If anyone knows how to convert the bitmap photo so I can post it here, let me know.Biggest damned bear I ever saw by far.)


It's mostly an exaggeration. It was only 10'6" and nowhere close to a record. Here's there real scoop.



Okay, I apologize.

it's semi bullshit.


Gotta love Google.


No, I apologize. Thanks for the link.


Oh man, did you see the pic at the bottom of the link of the guy that was half-eaten by something? Nasty.



i knew there was something wrong when you said last week. it's winter all the bears are asleep. i know, i was just there last weekend. this add is from spring 03. makes allot more sense now. believe me it was 60- in most parts last week, no bears comin out in that. unless you go into the den and fuck with it, but they are buried under a few feet of snow and a thick layed of ice beneath the snow.


My ignorence about bears is surpassed only by my ignorence about computers.

Guess I better stick to surfing.


Like I said, semi bullshit urban legend, but the truth is still pretty cool.

Can you imagine easing through the woods and coming across a damn bear that big? They said it was still double the average sized bears in that area at 1000 lbs.

Would look real nice in front of the fieplace.


bear hunting is probably the riskiest sport hunting i can think of. they can easily take several rounds from a magnum rifle and still close enough distance to kill you. there are a few book's out there about bear mauling's, you be suprised to hear about what people live through while hunting or fishing, or just hiking through AK. i think the author's name is Larry Kanuit. if that bear was within 50 yards it would have killed somebody. unless they got a lucky shot to the brain. grizzlies are the baddest mother fuckers out there. bar none.


Speaking of big ass animals.. CATFIIISH!


Wow. That's a fricking shark! Catfish scare me more than grizzlies.

Side note: people are always complaining about how inhumane humans can be. Geez, look at what animals can do to people given the chance! Fuck'em, that's what I say.