Huge Brownie-Truth or Legend

Todd thanks for the forward of this exceptional (probably largely fictitious) story of one giant brown bear.  It’s not that I don’t love a good tall tale.  But for some reason, people want to exagerate the truth of these stories.  Stories that probably stand just fine on their own.  Let us know if any of you know more about this monster bear.

Here is the story: The downloaded pictures are of a man who works for the US Forest Service in Alaska and the bear he had to kill  (in self defense).  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 away 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″ 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 bear’s 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, back tracking from where the bear had originated, found the hiker’s 38-caliber pistol emptied.  Not far fromt 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 slubs along with twelver 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 sized 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.

Interesting post.  I will note that it is not uncommon for a large brown bear to square over 10 feet tall and weigh upwards of 1600 lbs.  This bear is clearly a very large specimen, judging by the paw.  I have read a true story of a giant bear that killed and ate two campers.  Fish and Game went to investigate and ended up killing the bear as it charged.  Human remains were found in that bear and at the campsite. 

When it comes to true bear attack stories, few are as compelling as the story of Doug who is the father of one of our good friends.  Doug survived the grizzly attack, the bear did not. 

To read Doug’s bear attack story, click here


One Response to “Huge Brownie-Truth or Legend”

  1. Hey Dad, love your website it sure is the best blog around.

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