14-foot Bear Killed in Alaska


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Insectguy
July 27, 2006, 11:51 AM
http://www.mwcsun.com/sports/local_story_207100046.html?keyword=topstory

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. :what:

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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Hoppy590
July 27, 2006, 11:56 AM
12 7mm slugs!!! holy crap. is there a picture of this prime example of Natures Perfect Killing machine?!

added: some one should send this to Stephen Colbert ( of comedy central) he has a running gag on his hatred of bears

Creeping Incrementalism
July 27, 2006, 11:56 AM
[Comments deleted. I should be more careful about believing reporters about gun and hunting stories.]

Nickotym
July 27, 2006, 11:59 AM
Better snopes this one. There is a link on the comments page of the article.

birddog
July 27, 2006, 12:05 PM
This definitely sounds like a re-tread of the monster-bear story that started making its rounds on the net a couple of years ago.

Selfdfenz
July 27, 2006, 12:13 PM
If the story is false they pulled the bear-skin rug over the paper's eyes.

The original link works and you can find the news item on the paper's home page for today

http://www.mwcsun.com/homepage

Perhaps it's goofy but the paper thought it was true story

S-

AnthonyRSS
July 27, 2006, 12:16 PM
http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/bearhunt.asp

Its close to correct, like so many other things...

xds&gsps
July 27, 2006, 12:19 PM
Here you go


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

Oops someone beat me to it ah well

tellner
July 27, 2006, 12:25 PM
Welcome to the food chain, oh balding monkey :p

El Tejon
July 27, 2006, 12:42 PM
And thus the word "bearthread" (a fictional story repeated over and over) was born.:)

HerrWolfe
July 27, 2006, 12:42 PM
How many rounds of 7mm magnum will a rifle hold. Seems that if he emptied his rifle and reloaded, and emptied again, it would be less than 12, like maybe ten at the most. Anyone know for sure? Sounds like a fish tale. But even if it is, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. We had a woman eaten here a few years ago up in the Smokies...for real.

kfranz
July 27, 2006, 01:07 PM
mmmm, I like Baloney. Better for making sandwiches than for reading, but hey....:rolleyes:

carterbeauford
July 27, 2006, 01:23 PM
Yes, the original article is factually inaccurate. This has been floating around on the internet for a while now and I would be surprised if this were not a repost.

Who makes a semi-auto 7MM mag?

coat4gun
July 27, 2006, 01:27 PM
Browning

http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?value=002B&cat_id=031&type_id=001

KaceCoyote
July 27, 2006, 01:28 PM
Zastava

Insectguy
July 27, 2006, 01:35 PM
This originally came to me by way of the Fedsmith.com email list I'm on:

14-Foot Grizzly Killed by Fed in Self-Defense Shooting
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A federal employee was charged by the largest grizzly bear ever recorded: It stood 12 feet, six inches high at the shoulder and 14 feet to the top of his head. The employee killed the bear which had killed two other people recently. The Forest Service employee (and anyone else) will be able to see the bear at the Anchorage airport.
http://www.fedsmith.com/#5975

Of course, after THR so aptly showed this for what it was, I tried to go back to the site to show them the errors of their ways-- the link was removed.

Again, my apologies.

HerrWolfe
July 27, 2006, 01:47 PM
How many rounds of 7mm magnum will a rifle hold. Seems that if he emptied his rifle and reloaded, and emptied again, it would be less than 12, like maybe ten at the most. A Browning BAR will hold 4 plus one chanbered 30-06. Anyone know for sure? Sounds like a fish tale.

spacemanspiff
July 27, 2006, 04:23 PM
everyone who posts about this so-called 'monster man eating 23 foot tall bear that came from the bowels of hell' should get power-wedgied.

Erich
July 27, 2006, 04:31 PM
I believe my first exposure to an earlier version of this story involved Davy Crockett when he was "only three" . . .

Cosmoline
July 27, 2006, 05:21 PM
The myth that WILL NOT DIE. This thing's been making the rounds for years now, each time with more and more BS added to it. This business about the .38 found by the attack site is a new twist.

Insectguy
July 27, 2006, 05:36 PM
The real kicker is this email group is for federal employees to keep them up to date on issues. It never seemed as a place where urban legends would propagate. That's what sucked me in.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.:neener:

birddog
July 27, 2006, 05:40 PM
The real kicker is this email group is for federal employees to keep them up to date on issues. It never seemed as a place where urban legends would propagate.

Federal employees......fiction........*Fill in punchline here*. It's too easy, man!

;)

Phenom
July 27, 2006, 05:41 PM
Gallery of Guns has the listed capacity of the 7mm mag BAR as 4+1. This means the guy that shot the bear would have to reload atleast twice.

XDn00b101
July 27, 2006, 05:45 PM
After looking at those pictures I can see why the experienced here would laugh when people ask if a 9mm, or even a .45 ACP would be a choice for Bear defense. Like one guy in this forum said. If you're being charged by a huge Bear and all you have is a 9mm, turn it to yourself, to make it an easy death!:what: :eek: :(

Ferrari308
July 27, 2006, 06:09 PM
http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/bearhunt.asp

Don't click on the Snopes link! There is a disturbing picture of a dead human who appears to have had his left leg eaten. :barf:

Someone should add a warning to the original link post.

Cosmoline
July 27, 2006, 06:09 PM
Yet brown bears have been stopped by 9x19 and smaller rounds. And kept going after repeated magnum rifle hits.

Erich
July 27, 2006, 09:30 PM
And somehow I keep running across people who feel the need to carry .454s to deal with those hyper-agressive New Mexico black bears. :rolleyes:

Phenom
July 27, 2006, 09:57 PM
One shot kills on bears with a small caliber pistol rounds like the 9mm are "one in a million". I remember reading somewhere about a polar bear being stopped by a 38spl wadcutter when it attack a person. The round luckily struck both of the lungs and heart.

Double Naught Spy
July 27, 2006, 09:57 PM
12 7mm slugs!!! holy crap. is there a picture of this prime example of Natures Perfect Killing machine?!

Apparently you don't quite understand how it works. Bears are primarily herbivores but are more correctly called omnivores...like people. The fact that the bear might have been tough is another matter. There are many tough animals that are not considered killing machines.

Now, if you want to talk polar bear, they don't get a lot of vegetation to feed on and so their diet is almost all flesh.

bigun15
July 27, 2006, 10:15 PM
Just imagine an animal of these proportions charging straight at you with nothing but hate and destruction in its very being.

I don't want to.

mrmeval
July 27, 2006, 10:23 PM
Not being about to read the link you posted since it doesn't exist I went and found this:

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

Bigjake
July 27, 2006, 10:28 PM
I believe my first exposure to an earlier version of this story involved Davy Crockett when he was "only three" . . .




LMAO.

that was my first thought

Sam
July 27, 2006, 11:30 PM
I happen to know Ted Winnen. He has gotten more crap over shooting that bear than anyone deserves in an entire lifetime.

Although he was glad to luck into such a nice specimen, totally fed up with the bovine feces that has come as a result.

Sam

JohnKSa
July 27, 2006, 11:35 PM
The real kicker is this email group is for federal employees to keep them up to date on issues. It never seemed as a place where urban legends would propagate. That's what sucked me in.I work at a large defense contractor--the IT department sent out an urban legend awhile back...

No one is immune!

Erich
July 28, 2006, 10:31 AM
Wow, Sam, that's cool! Only two degrees of separation between me and the gargantuan bear! :D

tellner
July 28, 2006, 02:18 PM
Erich, you want as many degrees of separation as possible between you and a gargantuan bear. The more the better. Trust me :)

Erich
July 28, 2006, 04:41 PM
Generally, I'd agree, but as long as Sam is between me and the bear, I feel secure. :cool:

rc135
July 28, 2006, 05:11 PM
Yeah, I read what www.Snopes.com said about it. The true vervion of the story is even more exciting than the mythical one, in my opinion. A big bruin, nonetheless...

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