posted on March 07, 2007 05:08
It happened like this. An unnamed Forest Service worker was out on his own time in the Alaska wilderness hunting deer. Suddenly, a large grizzly bear charged him from about 50 yards away - one moment he was enjoying his hunt, the next he was fighting for his life. The guy emptied his 7mm Magnum semi-automatic rifle into the bear, and it dropped a few feet from him. Since the big bear was still alive, 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, and 14' to the top of his head, making it the largest grizzly bear ever recorded anywhere in the world.
Of course, the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Commission did not let him keep the grizzly as a trophy, but they will stuff and mount it, and place it 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 backtracked from where the bear was shot, and found the hiker's 38-caliber pistol emptied, not far from the hiker's remains. They haven't found the other body yet
Although the hiker fired six shots and managed to hit the grizzly with four (the Service ultimately found four 38 caliber slugs along with twelve 7mm slugs inside the bear's carcass), he only wounded the bear and probably really pissed it off.
The bear killed the hiker about two days prior to the bear's own death.
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 when standing on its hind legs, this particular bear 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.
So how big is big?