Big Bear Photos Circulating

My dad forwarded me the following pictures and story:

These pictures are of a guy who works for the US Forest Service in Alaska and his trophy bear. He was out deer hunting last week when a large grizzly bear charged him from about 50 yards away. The guy unloaded his 7mm Mag 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 tourist’s 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. The US Forest Service, backtracking from where the bear had died, found a hiker’s 38-caliber pistol emptied. Not far from the pistol was 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 (they 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.

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 belly button 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.

Not wanting to get fooled again, I went to check it out on Snopes.com. Surprisingly, Snopes says the pictures are real, even if the story is heavily embellished:

The basic story here is true although some of the details are wrong, perhaps because two different recent incidents of very large bear killings in Alaska have been conflated into one.

The bear pictured above was killed in November 2001 by a hunter (not a Forest Service employee) who came across it while he was deer-hunting in Alaska.

The hunter told his own story at HuntingNet.com.

The pictures of the November 2001 shooting became confused with a later account of a killing, also in Alaska, of another very large bear.

That story is told here.

Update: Grizzly Man, a new movie by Werner Herzog, is related only in theme. Here’s my vicarious Grizzly Man movie review.

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361 thoughts on “Big Bear Photos Circulating

  1. Taylor just thought you should know you are right on with most your facts. thing is. I am scared of sharks as are the hundreds of people that are attacked by them. I try not to stand around outside in lightning, and I kill every bee that comes near me. The sport of bee hunting just hasn’t caught on. when I was a kid we used to catch them in jars. just for the sport of it. now kids have computer games and 100s TV channels to watch.
    personally I think the world would be better off if kids caught bees.
    The grizzly man was a idiot and stupidity killed him. and showing that idiot interacting with bears like he did probably endangered more people and killed more bears. because people think they can walk up and talk to every bear. bears are like people some are good, some not so much.
    what you dont realize is bear hunting is a great sport. as is bee catching.
    what makes it a great sport is the danger of getting stung.

  2. THE SAD THING THAT I SEE ABOUT THIS STORY IS, I SEEN THE SAME PHOTOS ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO AS A KID. NOT RECENT LIKE THEY CLAIM…..

  3. The gullible masses once again believe some crap they read on the internet. It wouldn’t take much for a clever, fox like leader in the likes of Lenin to take over this country.

    I mean half of you can’t even read the story right pertaining to the fact that the bear didn’t kill anybody. Half of you can’t spell. Half of you are probably drooling WWE fans.

    You’re a sad lot. Say gullible masses, how about that alien autopsy?

  4. Hi all and merry christmas, The story of the great bear could be and probably is true. I have lived in Northern Wyoming for 52 years and have lived in or near the mountains for as long. I have camped near bears all my life and I can tell you all non- belivers that you can arm chair quarterback all you want! I have been bluff charged many times and luckly I havent had to kill one of these wonderfiul creatures[yet] but I always carry bear spray and my 12 gauge shoot gun. Yes it is to bad that the bears life is over, but when the sh-t hits the fan you only have maybe 2 seconds to kiss your butt good-bye!Lets all enjoy the great outdoors before all of our rights are gone!

  5. to the person on comment no. 50. I want to see a pay-per-view sport where we put bleeding heart, left wing-nut, cry baby animal rights activist in an arena with an 11′ bear, or 250 lb tiger or a 20′ salt water croc and see if you are still all cuddly and lovey dovey with them when they are ripping you apart…oh…you won’t have a gun since you are against them. And I’m curious if the pro big ass bear activist are also pro-life (anti abotion) activists. Oh thats right, you probally aren’t, animals are more important. Yeah, they are important for food.

  6. The fact is that many people love to be outdoors and as long as there’s people outdoors there are going to be encounters between people and animals.Most encounters are are positive but some are not.No one in their right mind is going to let an animal kill them so they don’t have to kill the animal.There are sprays that work in warding off animals(and I believe that everyone in bear country should be required to carry it) but in this case,with an animal this big,if it truely was being aggressive,there was probably no alternitive but to kill it.It’s sad but that’s just the way it is.If we don’t like it then we need to make all wilderness areas off limits to humans.Not my choice but a solution.

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  8. ive seen these pictures awhile ago and heard alot of different stories..the facts were all basically the same including that the bear had killed two people prior to its own death. even if it is a tragedy to see such an amazing creature die, it was in self defense..just proving humans are still top dog

  9. THE TRUTH IS, WHEN YOU GO HUNTING OR HIKING, YOUR ALWAYS IN DANGER OF ALL KINDS OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS AND IF YOU GET ATTACKED YOU NEED TO FEND FOR YOURSELF. WHAT I DON’T AGREE WITH IS THAT I DON’T SEE ANIMALS CARRYING GUNS WHEN I GO HIKING. MOST ANIMALS RUN AWAY BECAUSE THEY ARE SCARED. WE HAVE BEEN KILLING ANIMALS FOR YEARS JUST TO PUT THEM IN ROOMS TO SHOW OFF SO YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL. I GUESS IT MAKES THEM FEEL MORE LIKE MEN IF THEY HAVE A STORY TO TELL EVEN THOUGH MOST OF THE STORIES INVOLVE THEM SHOOTING AN ANIMAL THAT WAS ABOUT TO ATTACK THEM. YEAH, THAT’S FAIR.AND FOR THE IDIOT WHO SAID PEOPLE ALWAYS COME BEFORE ANIMALS, THEY WERE HERE BEFORE US. THE ONLY REASON WE COME BEFORE THEM IS BECAUSE WE CAN SPEAK.MAYBE ANIMALS LIKE BEARS WOULDN’T ATTACK US IF WE WOULD STOP TEARING DOWN THE FORESTS AROUND THE WORLD, WHICH HAPPEN TO BE THEIR HOMES. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU CAME HOME ONE DAY AND SOMEONE TORE YOUR HOUSE DOWN, I BET YOU WOULD BE PRETTY PISSED OFF TOO!

  10. glad you enjoy nature K im one those guys that has bear rugs on my floor and deer and sheep heads on my wall. Thing is they aren’t for the stories to tell,its for stories to remember. its kind of the same as taking a picture. the thing is for it to be a true hunting story. or a life or death situation something has to die. those rugs and heads are perhaps are greatest gift to those animals it immortalizes them they become a part of are life. it is a tribute to how great they really were. a trophy room is basically a shrine to nature.
    different hunters may have different reasons for hunting and displaying animals they kill but in the long run it is the same they are proud of that animal.
    PS. and if animals weren’t conditioned to be scared and run other direction at site of man I guarantee your hike through bear country would not be very pleasurable

  11. Firstly, hunting should only be done for food and self defence or because of over population. Killing an animal caught unawares is tatamount to a crime. One needs a legitimite reason to take a life.Secondly, for the people who feel that taking an animals life is wrong may wish to reflect on the fact that cattle are killed every day to provide meat, amongst other things ,for everyday living. The leather sneakers you buy cost and animal their life. The glue your children use to make crafts cost an animal their life. Lets not banter about life taking when everyday items, with no thought to their origins, are used by the very people who espouse such beliefs. Is killing an animal for sport legitimite? I think not. Try basketball instead. There are clear answers that need not be confusing. Take the time to think it through.

  12. How anyone coming from a culture that has killed 40 million little humans through abortion in the last 40 years can get all weepy about a bear…A BEAR !!….getting killed is incredible. Someone should publish photos of little hands, feet, heads and torsos torn asunder by the abortionist’s knife. A bear. Who cares?

  13. The truth is that you’re all wrong.. (I just read like the first 50 comments, so correct me if this has been said before) This bear was the 147th biggest of it’s kind, to have ever been caught. And the “hiker” was an Indian photo, of a tiger attack.. Well, atleast that’s what experts thought it was. So this “hiker” person was never eaten nor killed by this peticular bear.
    Hopefully you’ll find some use of this information, and stop believing everything you see or hear on the internet.

    • What a load of crap! You obviously have no understanding about abortions, they certainly do not have ‘tiny hands and feet’ people have the right to abortions especially in sad cases such as rape,child pregnancy in in uneducated countries, incest and the sick list goes on. This is about a bear shooting and has no comparison to abortions.

  14. lol, this story cracks me up. i watched this story on the history channel. the bear was only 11 feet tall and 1,200 lbs. i mean come on, 6,000 lbs. thats hilarious. there were bears that were 14 feet tall in prehistoric times, but they think that they’re extinct now. watch the history channel “MonsterQuest, Episode:28″ and they interview they guy that shot it.

  15. oh yeah, and it’s not a grizzly. They’re calling it “Macfarlane’s bear” for now. it’s a holotype, the first collective specimen of it’s species.

  16. First of all any of you who say the people killed were tresspasing and the bear had all the right, as if there is f-ckin territory lines printed on the ground. How would you like it if you were out for a walk and got eaten by a bear, would you forgive him and be like My bad. No you dip shits everybody eats meat sometime in there life and that means an animal died so you could have super. With out hunters animals over populate and that causes diseases. So good job on the kill.

  17. It’s amazing how many people argue over this incident, while just about all have made no reasonable point. Annoying, ignorant, uninformed, and nearsighted are the lot. If you feel like bloging your ill=cocked opinion, first read Nadine’s(a few up from mine) as it is the only sensable one, you might possibly think before adding to this compilation of idiots. Redneck this, Liberal that, blah blah blah
    “Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul “-Billy madison

  18. Read where some bunch of idiots were protesting again a bear hunt some dim-bulb said THIS IS MURDER THESE ANIMALS JUST WANT TO BE LOVED yeah step between a she bear and her cubs and see waht kind of reaction you,ll get These jerks have been watching their stupid ideas too long Hey i heard a case a few years ago where some bunch were protesting a buffalo hunt just outside YELLOWSTONE and one protester a big time antihunting actvist was attacked by a she bear it was later disclosed that he was a delinquint father as well THAT SHE BEAR KNEW A STUPID LIBERAL MOONAB WHEN SHE SAW HIM

  19. To all the “just let them live” folks, the hunter had no choice, the bear was going for him, you don’t escape from a carnivorw that size. this wasn’t a hunny pot winnie the Pooh you morons! secondly, to the genius that claimed man had brought more animals to extinction than anything else or other creature- this explains all the dinosaurs running around these days. We have no idea how many species have been brought to extinction from other species, so that was a grossly unsubstantiated statement. seeing an animal such as that would be nothing less than terrifying even if viewed from the air…what if the plan crashed? Not to imply that these animals should be sought out and killed, but as anyone with an ounce of brains or any knowledge of wildlife management knows a carnivore that has developed a taste for human flesh is a danger to any it MAY come in contact with. It is typically those that live in the safety of their cities that preach the “live and let live” mantra and have never had the experience of being stalked by a puma (quite un-nerving), or finding bear tracks over your own when you return to your camp after fishing for your dinner. So pipe down and eat your sushi and let us wilderness type alone.

    • has anyone actually read the proper story
      THE BEAR DIDNT SEE THEM NOR DID IT FUCKING CHARGE AT THEM THEY TRACKED IT FROM ABOUT A MILE BACK
      I WOULDNT CARE IF IT HAD CHARGED AT THEM AND THEY SHOT IT ITS JUST THE FACT THAT A BUNCH OF STUPID INCEST RED NECKED AMERICAN FUCKTARDS ARE TRYING TO JUSTIFY SOMEONE SHOOTING SOMETHING FOR NO APPARENT REASON BY LIYING YOU ALL AUGHT TO BE ASHAMED!!

      rip bear

      • a mile away wow i just had to do a report on alaska and seen the story not much said about it wow a mile away … are you sure about a mile away ,can a telescope see that far?

  20. Oh, just one last request, and I address this to almost all of you. Please, please, please learn to spell! I can’t read these comments without wanting to pull out my hair. It seems that the only people that respond to anything on the internet are illiterates! Nearly every response has spelling errors I would expect of a fourth (forf to some of you) grader! If you can’t spell it-don’t tell it! Go back to grade school and start over.

    • ha thats funny and yeah you can barely read some but some are abreviations[i don’t think i spelt that right oops and hyeah im not the brightest my freinds agree, lol

      lol have an of you seen new moon[ ok that was kind of off the subject but im just all about that hehe

  21. Some people dont have any real ideas about wild animals i mean those who must think of bear as cuddley just step betwen a she bear and her cub and see what kind of action they get The have seen too many disney fillms

  22. Okay so this thing is what 12 + feet tall and 14 foot wide
    Okay to all the people here arguing about how this bear is a beautiful creature then you are right in a sense but wrong as well
    It’s huge and will kill you and I don’t want that coming after me I would blast him in the head if it was coming after me to.
    And yeah your right he wasn’t just going for a walk with a gun he was Hunting and so what if he is and that dam thing comes running at him a 1600 pound big ass bear what would you do
    Try and out run it I don’t think so shoot it and hope for the best he unloaded 7mm rounds in to him dropped it then it some how was still alive. Then he shoots it in the head again with a full magazine to make sure it was dead if I was him I would have slit its throat to.
    The point is get real people it’s a Animal we are the rulers of the planet and some times we have to do what we have to do. Now if this was a little cute dog that ran across the street and I accidentally hit him with my car I would fell remorse. But not with a F**k 1600 pound 12 foot bear running after me no way in gods name I would not be hesitant to shoot it.

  23. I live in Alaska and I will not kill anything unless there is a reason and that reason is to save a life be it human or pet: then I will take action that is needed. One thing for sure is that shooting a bear in the head does not do much good unless you shoot it in the eye or shoot into the mouth and hope it takes out the spine. The skull on a bear is very thick and tough, how do you think they can live s for so long and then when death does come some of these bruins have old lead in them where they were shot but it was not a kill shot.
    I am not sure of the exact quote but it goes something like this “a nation can be judged by how it treats its animals” that if from Gandhi, the man was very wise and if you have some troubles then read someof his work and find some good to come of evil.
    Thats my thoughts on tis matter

  24. Let’s get to the point people. This is a hoax upon your behalf! This is the internet Yetti, if you believe one you must believe what you see with no research and questions asked? You should check out my picture of a two headed dog, he points both East and West at the same time.

  25. wow whoever said that the world would be better if we caught bees and that the guy is an idiot is fucking retarded. we all know the procedures with bears, dont run act dead. but he was probably out on a hike, and no where near that large..if one was coming at you i doubt youd lay down and act dead, and if it was me and i had a gun id try to shoot it, but that thing is huge. i got it in an email and saw the pictures of the remains, the guys leg is stripped to the bone..but his foot still has its shoe on it, his head is gone, his torso is torn up and it looks quite painful..

  26. and shooting a bear in the head is a bad idea because of the way their skull is shaped the bullet can either bounce off, or it doesnt cause as much damage, not because of how think they are..

  27. I don’t know if it’s an hoax but this summer, at Yosemite National Park, we had a lecture by a Rangers (real one), who told us this story and showed pictures. He told us that the giant bear will be exhibited in Anchorage airport to show tourists how Alaskan nature is…

  28. The man ( or boy ) who shot this bear is no hero. He was a magnificent beast. He might have bred more big grizzly bears. But now, this great grizzly is gone forever. Modern day hunters are simple-minded people with an ego problem. Now, this man thinks that he is some kind of hero. But, any 8 year old boy could kill the biggest bear with a rifle. It takes no skill and no courage.

    • yah, al you have to do is inch away slowly once a little away run like ur life depends on it which then again running is not a good idea and it would probably sniff you out,lol

    • yeah i heard that the bear was like a mile away but i don;t believe it….did you know some people think it was the cuase of like ten deaths,but it was inoccent!!!

  29. 1915 – 1.8 Billion people
    2009 – 6.8 Billion people
    Past 94 years – 5 Billion people
    Next 500 years – 32 Billion people or more
    Problems – Poverty, starvation, global warming, hole in ozone layer, crime, polution, land destruction
    Solution – “STOP CREATING”!!!!!
    If people continue to over populate there will be no bears left in the wild. They will either be killed off or they will end up in a zoo.

  30. 1915: 1.8 Billion people,
    2010: 6.8 Billion people,
    95 years: 5 Billion people,
    2310: 22 Billion people,
    Solution to problem: Stop Creating Babies

  31. im a mountian man, had to have help to type this, you people dont understand animals at all, you kill or be killed, you bunch that get mutilated, are stupid, and you get wat you ask for, im not the best at tiping this ,like i say i got som help so if you dont know nothing bout the wooods keep your ass out

  32. this is so true i hunt and it is not to kill it is to have fun and get food so we the hunter do good for are selves

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