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Fourteen-foot grizzly killed in Alaska
The Sun (Alaska) ^ | 7/26/06 | D.A. Ray

Posted on 07/26/2006 8:03:17 PM PDT by kiriath_jearim

Fourteen-foot grizzly killed in Alaska

By D.A. Ray, outdoor correspondent The Sun

Deer hunting is one of the major seasons in Oklahoma. What would you do if you were doing just that and a huge bear charges you? An employee of the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska recently faced just that scenario. Although it was not bear season in the Last Frontier State, he was justified in killing the bear in self defense.

He was out deer hunting 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 big bear was just over one thousand six hundred pounds. It stood 12 feet, six inches high at the shoulder and 14 feet to the top of his head. It is the largest grizzly bear ever recorded in the world. Just imagine an animal of these proportions charging straight at you with nothing but hate and destruction in its very being.

The Alaska Fish and Wildlife Commission did not let the U.S. Forest Service employee keep the bear as a trophy. It will be stuffed, mounted, and placed on display at the Anchorage airport to remind tourists of the risks involved when in the wild. Hunters who hunt bears in Alaska are also very familiar with the fee associated with taking a trophy bear in addition to the cost of a hunting license. The last price I heard ran in the $3000 range.

The really bizarre part of the story started when the bear was examined by the United States Forest Service. Based on the contents of the bear's stomach, it was established that the bear had killed at least two humans in the 72 hours before its demise which included a missing hiker.

The U.S. 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 bear with four of those shots (the Service ultimately found four 38 caliber slugs along with twelve 7mm slugs inside the bear's body), it only wounded the bear and probably angered it immediately.

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. It could walk up to a two story house and look in the bedroom windows. Think about what was running through the mind of the U.S. Forest worker when this huge thing was charging.

I have been fortunate enough to go to Alaska about a half dozen times. This trip is always exciting and offers spectacular fishing, scenery, and crisp air. On my first trip to Craig, Alaska, the guide gave me a 44 Magnum pistol and told me that black bears were numerous in the area and to only shoot if one was on top of me. Well, a four hundred pounder showed up across the stream from me and let me tell you, that was an eye opener. Thankfully, the bear was more interested in the salmon than he was of me.

After seeing the story on the 14-foot grizzly, hunters, hikers, and fishermen will be more aware of the potential dangers traveling the wilderness in Alaska. Although I am sure an encounter with a bear this size is very rare, encounters happen just the same.


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KEYWORDS: banglist; bear; grizzly
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1 posted on 07/26/2006 8:03:18 PM PDT by kiriath_jearim
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To: kiriath_jearim

Kanawa's going to need a bigger knife.....


2 posted on 07/26/2006 8:05:12 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: kiriath_jearim
I'm thinkin' it sprouted all those extra feet 'cause a' some secret gubmint nuclear test area up there. Like a giant centipede with fur!

Now I'm going to read the article.

3 posted on 07/26/2006 8:06:42 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("He hits me, he cries, he runs to the court and sues me.")
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL!! I guess so!!


4 posted on 07/26/2006 8:08:33 PM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) Gun owners have illustrated rights are individual and can be protected by individuals.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

If this bear were in my living room he could bust his head through the ceiling and I could go up stairs and stand eye eye with him.

That's one hell of a big bear.


5 posted on 07/26/2006 8:09:08 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: kiriath_jearim

That's a bear of a bear!


6 posted on 07/26/2006 8:10:06 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: kanawa
Ping!!

We need your expert commentary

7 posted on 07/26/2006 8:10:42 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: kiriath_jearim

I am confused about this story. My Dad called me this morning and asked me to check it out. He says he has had it forwarded to him in the past.

I looked it up on snopes, and they said it is a 5 year old story. Admittedly, snopes is not my favorite debunker, but it says the story was updated early last year.

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/bearhunt.asp


8 posted on 07/26/2006 8:13:08 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Nearly 1% of illegals are in prison for felonies. Less than 1/10 of 1% of the legal population is.)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Partly true, partly not. http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/bearhunt.asp


9 posted on 07/26/2006 8:14:11 PM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: Politicalmom

You beat me! :)


10 posted on 07/26/2006 8:14:39 PM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Note to self: You might as well be unarmed as carry a .38 in grizzly country.


11 posted on 07/26/2006 8:15:10 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("Osama... made the mistake of confusing media conventional wisdom with reality" (Mark Steyn))
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To: kiriath_jearim
...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 guy probably needed to change his britches after that.
12 posted on 07/26/2006 8:15:23 PM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: kiriath_jearim
Looks like we need to post this helpful Bear Warning again:

In light of the rising frequency of human/grizzly bear conflicts, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert of bears while in the field. "We advise that outdoorsmen wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren't expecting them.

We also advise outdoorsmen to carry pepper spray with them in case of an encounter with a bear." It is also a good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorsmen should recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear excrement: Black bear excrement is smaller and contains lots of berries and squirrel fur. Grizzly bear excrement has little bells in it and smells like pepper.

13 posted on 07/26/2006 8:15:24 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Chena

Apparently this one is getting another spate of forwards. It is just weird that my Dad asked me just today about it. : )


14 posted on 07/26/2006 8:16:02 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Nearly 1% of illegals are in prison for felonies. Less than 1/10 of 1% of the legal population is.)
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To: kiriath_jearim
" Think about what was running through the mind of the U.S. Forest worker when this huge thing was charging."

Relax. Aim small. Do it again. Relax. Aim small. Do it again...

15 posted on 07/26/2006 8:16:04 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: kiriath_jearim

This story has been a somewhat exaggerated.

The truth:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/bearhunt.asp


16 posted on 07/26/2006 8:17:36 PM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!!!)
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To: girlangler; Inyo-Mono; kanawa; Rte66; TYVets; kiriath_jearim
>>>>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.

Next time, make sure that bear is down! Use a Kanawa Bear Killer!


17 posted on 07/26/2006 8:17:42 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: ClearCase_guy
>>>I'm thinkin' it sprouted all those extra feet 'cause a' some secret gubmint nuclear test area up there.


18 posted on 07/26/2006 8:19:00 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: kiriath_jearim

BUMP


19 posted on 07/26/2006 8:19:03 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Politicalmom

I've had a rash of forwards lately that were passed around a long time ago too. I live in Alaska, and bears can get hugh and series (har har) so it's not hard to believe this story. I love bears....at a safe distance. ;)


20 posted on 07/26/2006 8:21:56 PM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Anybody remember that movie "Grizzly" with Christopher George as the forest ranger? This story reminds me of that. Awesome beast.


21 posted on 07/26/2006 8:22:07 PM PDT by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: Chena
That is one big Polar bear in the Anchorage airport.


22 posted on 07/26/2006 8:27:04 PM PDT by razorback-bert
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To: kiriath_jearim

Whoa! By BS meter is on red alert. This is likely the story of the young airman from Elmendorf AFB who shot a large griz' on Hinchinbrook Island and then positioned hisself several feet behind the bear for the pix. Yeah the paws were big. So what? I once placed my size 12 foot in a 9 foot sow's hind paw print with room to spare.

The biggest Brownie I ever saw was a 12 footer from the Olga Bay area of Kodiak Island. That bear weighed out at 1500 lbs. (parted of course). It is highly unlikely that they would get much bigger than that.

The other problem I have with this story is that as far as I can recomember, the USFS issues .375 H&H rifles for big Alaska bear protection. A 7mm Mag is OK for non-dangerous game like Sitka Blacktail deer and poodles and such but it is not a proper bear gun.


23 posted on 07/26/2006 8:27:17 PM PDT by 43north (7 of 11 living things are insects. This explains liberals.)
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To: Politicalmom; Chena
I posted it on Freerepublic several months ago.
I got whacked around by fellow Freepers for falling for it. The story changes every few months.
24 posted on 07/26/2006 8:27:22 PM PDT by ASA Vet (3.03)
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To: razorback-bert

Did you take that picture with a POLARoid?


25 posted on 07/26/2006 8:29:47 PM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: Reaganesque
Grizzly bear excrement has little bells in it and smells like pepper.

snort -

you suckered me right in with that one! LOLLOFLHHO little old lady laying on the floor laughing her hiney off

26 posted on 07/26/2006 8:30:28 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
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To: ASA Vet

So YOU'RE the one. I heard about you falling for that. Someone wrote it on a bathroom stall in Fairbanks. (just kidding) ;)


27 posted on 07/26/2006 8:31:37 PM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: maine-iac7

Grizzly bears call it bell peppers. ;)


28 posted on 07/26/2006 8:32:46 PM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: kiriath_jearim
The really bizarre part of the story started when the bear was examined by the United States Forest Service. Based on the contents of the bear's stomach, it was established that the bear had killed at least two humans in the 72 hours before its demise which included a missing hiker.

I love you Bear!

29 posted on 07/26/2006 8:34:47 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (999-TNS)
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To: CaliGirlGodHelpMe
Yeah, I saw it in the theatre so very long ago. What was it he used at the end, some sort of LOS HE missle?

Maybe the same type Harry Callahan used on Alcatraz.

30 posted on 07/26/2006 8:35:08 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: kiriath_jearim

31 posted on 07/26/2006 8:38:48 PM PDT by McBuff
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To: Chena
No, that is a web photo, I didn't want to hunt throught 10,000 or photos of mine.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

This one of mine, hope to get more this September on my trip.

32 posted on 07/26/2006 8:39:04 PM PDT by razorback-bert
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To: kiriath_jearim

I remeber when I killed my first 18 foot grizzly with a plastic spork one morning on the western shores of Newport beach.


33 posted on 07/26/2006 8:41:32 PM PDT by Porterville (Hispanic Republican American Bush Supporter)
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To: Chena

Oy vey, I should pay closer attention to posts to me.


34 posted on 07/26/2006 8:42:19 PM PDT by razorback-bert
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To: kanawa

Is this one of your victims too? LOLOL


35 posted on 07/26/2006 8:43:21 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (404 Page Error Found)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Might have been a Browning semiauto. BTW great screenname...


36 posted on 07/26/2006 8:45:00 PM PDT by 185JHP ( "The thing thou purposest shall come to pass: And over all thy ways the light shall shine.")
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To: Chena
Someone wrote it on a bathroom stall in Fairbanks.

Actually that bathroom stall was in a McDonalds.
It just so happens that my sister, was working the window there at the time.
After she got bitten by a Møøse she went to wash up and found the writing on the wall.


37 posted on 07/26/2006 8:45:00 PM PDT by ASA Vet (3.03)
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To: razorback-bert

We saw several bears on our way down to Haines a few years ago. We saw plenty on POW island too. There's plenty of bears in our area as well, but so far, no problem.


38 posted on 07/26/2006 8:46:34 PM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: razorback-bert

;)


39 posted on 07/26/2006 8:47:05 PM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: ASA Vet

Holy moose COW! What a moooving story.


40 posted on 07/26/2006 8:49:05 PM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: Chena
Please don't make light of it. It was a very series event.
My sister had a hugh bite mark. If you saw it you would be stuned.
That Møøse wouldn't let go until my sister hit it with the McDonalds beeber.
41 posted on 07/26/2006 8:55:49 PM PDT by ASA Vet (3.03)
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To: Calvin Locke

Lol, I remember it was a shoulder launched missile. Let me ask you this...did you realize at the time that it was just a furry version of "Jaws" - complete with a Matt Hooper, a Quint, a Mayor and a "Chief Brody"?


42 posted on 07/26/2006 8:56:08 PM PDT by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: kiriath_jearim
Alaska.....

Where the bears hunt you...

43 posted on 07/26/2006 8:57:03 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (All of the answers remain available; Wisdom is gained by asking the right questions!)
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To: rottndog

Even at 10'6", the bear is big enough to scare any sane person (and a few insane ones, too). Thanks for the link.


44 posted on 07/26/2006 8:59:51 PM PDT by skr (We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.-- Ronald Reagan)
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To: CaliGirlGodHelpMe

Yes, plus we (high school buddies) were mad that we wasted money on the movie.


45 posted on 07/26/2006 9:03:39 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: denydenydeny

In bear country I think I could justify having that Desert Eagle .50 cal I want. ;o


46 posted on 07/26/2006 9:05:18 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: Joe 6-pack

bttt


47 posted on 07/26/2006 9:05:45 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: denydenydeny

the .38 is for your self when you can smell the bear's breath on your neck.


48 posted on 07/26/2006 9:24:59 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: ASA Vet

Those drive-by bitings are the things nightmares are made of. I hope that moose fried.


49 posted on 07/26/2006 9:32:31 PM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: 43north

The Alaska Fish & Game service has a survey on guns used by Alaskan hunters. 6.3% use the .375 H&H and it is considered a brown bear gun. They mention at the end of it that hunters who use the bigger guns seldom get enough practice to be effective hunters. The kick wears them out during practice and good aim is more important than foot pounds of killing force, that a 30 ought 6 will pass through most large game. 46% of hunters tested on a moose silhouette at 100 yards had a "kill" with 3 shots.


50 posted on 07/26/2006 9:33:19 PM PDT by motife
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