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Monday, December 11, 2006

Bear attack!

These pictures are of a man who works for the US Forest Service in Alaska and his trophy bear (killed 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 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 tourists 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 including a missing hiker.The US 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 grizzly with four shots (the Service ultimately found four 38 caliber slugs along with twelve 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 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, or walk up to a two story house and look in the bedroom windows.

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Blogger Robert Rouse said...

I don't know if a bear shits in the woods (Charmin seems to think they do), but if I ran into a bear that size, I know I would shit in the woods, or an alley, or my living room, or on a boat, or anywhere!

title="comment permalink">December 11, 2006 9:29 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

Yikolas!! I would have had a heart attackwhen it got a few feet from me. That is a huge animal. Too bad it had to be killed.

title="comment permalink">December 11, 2006 9:29 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

I purposely omitted the pic of the hiker's remains. . .or the half of them that was left.

title="comment permalink">December 11, 2006 9:36 PM  
Blogger PTCruiser said...

Must be something in the water up there.

title="comment permalink">December 11, 2006 10:35 PM  
Blogger Stan Matuska said...

Amazing! How is it that there are still mysteries to be found on this tiny planet? There are always new finds in animal species, waterfalls, caves, plants, and now this! Mabye this is bigfoot!!!

title="comment permalink">December 11, 2006 10:48 PM  
Blogger Human said...

2 lessons really. Don't mess with Bears.
Don't mess with Forest Service workers.


title="comment permalink">December 12, 2006 12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yikes. remind me not to go hiking in alaska.

title="comment permalink">December 12, 2006 12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yikes. remind me not to go hiking in alaska.

title="comment permalink">December 12, 2006 12:02 AM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

Absolutely amazing.

I wasn't aware they grew that big. I'd love to see one alive in the wild (from a safe distance in an armored vehicle). They must be unbelievable.

Thank you, John, for not posting the hunter's remains. The bloody carcass of the bear was quite breakfast-offputting enough!

So much for Yogi and Mr. Ranger Sir.

title="comment permalink">December 12, 2006 7:32 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

"Mabye this is bigfoot!!!"

Oh Man, you just had to bring Ann Coulter into this, huh Stan? That is one big bear.

title="comment permalink">December 12, 2006 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!! That is one huge animal!!

I agree with Robert. I would crap my pants. Then have a heart attack. Or vice versa.

title="comment permalink">December 12, 2006 3:02 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

I've always heard that you're supposed to drop and play dead if a bear is charging you. I don't know if that appliesto grizzlies or not; especially one that has already decided that humans are tasty. . .

title="comment permalink">December 12, 2006 6:02 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

Poor thing!

title="comment permalink">December 13, 2006 5:03 AM  
Blogger Andrew Kaduk said...

That hiker must have been a total jackass. If you're hiking anywhere near bears, you should carry at least a 30-cal AutoMag. Without some kind of high velocity carbine rounds, you might as well throw scoops of ice cream at the bear.

title="comment permalink">December 14, 2006 9:46 AM  

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