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Killer Grizzly Bear?

The following e-mail with photos claims to show a world record grizzly bear that was killed by an Alaska forest worker. Latter versions of the e-mail included pictures of a partially eaten body that was supposedly the bears last victim.


Subject: World Record Grizzly Bear

The following pictures are of a guy who works for the forest service in Alaska. He was out deer hunting. A large world record Griz charged him from about 50 yards away.

The guy unloaded a 7mm Mag Semi-auto into the bear and it dropped a few feet from him. The thing was still alive so he reloaded and capped it in the head. It was over one thousand six hundred pounds, 12'6" high at the shoulder.

It's a world record. The bear had killed a couple of other people. Of course, the game department did not let him keep it.

Think about it. This thing on it's hind legs could walk up to the average single story house and could look on the roof at eye level.


Alaska Grizzly Bear

The following is a news release from the U.S. Forest Service issued in an attempt to reduce the number of inquiries they were receiving regarding the bear.
Monster Brown Bear Urban Legend De-bunked

As predicted, the circumstances surrounding the killing of a large brown bear in Alaska on October 14, 2001, have changed significantly as they were transmitted by e-mail around the globe.

The USDA Forest Service regional office in Alaska receives almost daily e-mail from individuals and numerous calls from media asking for verification “of a giant, record-setting, brown bear that was shot last week by a Forest Service employee as the bruin charged the employee!”

Here are the facts as we know them:

A large brown bear was killed by U.S. Air Force Airman Theodore Winnen October 14, 2001, on Hinchinbrook Island in Prince William Sound. Winnen was hunting the bear at the time of the kill, and shot the bear as it approached Winnen and his hunting partner, Jim Urban. The bear measured 10-feet, 6-inches from nose to tail, and its front claws were three to four inches long. Based on the bear’s measurements, an Alaska master guide estimated the bear’s weight at 1,000 to 1,200 pounds. Winnen estimated that the green hide weighed 200 pounds.

The bear is not the Alaska record, however, it may have qualified as a trophy under Boone & Crockett. Dry skulls that score over 28 inches qualify. Winnen’s bear’s green skull measured 17 ¾ inches long and 10 11/16-inches wide, scoring 28 and 8/16 inches. The skull must dry for 60 days before being measured for Boone & Crockett.

The Forest Service hopes this answers your questions concerning this bear. For a complete story on this event, check the Anchorage Daily News archives for the story “Legend brewin’” by Natalie Phillips, Sunday, December 16, 2001, Page G1, Outdoors section, Final edition.

Alaska Grizzly Bear


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