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when i first

started hunting back in the mid 90's (i know not that long ago) my grandfather and father started taking me along with them and at the time they hunted areas 7 & 8 on bull mountain. we actually came across a den that had to be from a grizzly their were bones scattered everywhere from horses, cattle, elk, deer, and sheep. The trees outside the den were marked what seemed to be 10 feet high. a couple years later on a summer camping trip to bull mountain we saw what looked like a fresh grizzly skinned head that was nailed onto a tree near the den it was huge. we have never personally seen the griz but we think it was a griz if not it was one huge black bear!

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I've been guiding Brown Bear

I've been guiding Brown Bear and Grizzly hunters in Alaska for the past 17 years. I've seen thousands of tracks and hundreds of bears.  I live in CO. at 8300 feet. I run lions here for 5 months out of the year and spend a lot of time in the mountains.  I've never seen any evidence what so ever that any grizzlies live here. No tracks, pictures, carcasses nothing. So until someone shows me a picture of one or hard evidence, then I have a hard time believing there are any living here permanently.

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possibly

FullCryHounds wrote:

I've been guiding Brown Bear and Grizzly hunters in Alaska for the past 17 years. I've seen thousands of tracks and hundreds of bears.  I live in CO. at 8300 feet. I run lions here for 5 months out of the year and spend a lot of time in the mountains.  I've never seen any evidence what so ever that any grizzlies live here. No tracks, pictures, carcasses nothing. So until someone shows me a picture of one or hard evidence, then I have a hard time believing there are any living here permanently.

Possibly.  But I would not be so sure unless I combed every square inch of my state without seeing any evidence.  For as over populated as Colorado has become recently there are still areas where almost nobody goes . Keep in mind that up until that grizzly mauled that archery elk hunting guide on September 23, 1979, it had long been believed that the last grizzly was killed in Colorado in the early 1950's.  From the 1950's until 1979, nobody else had seen one either.  Yet it was shock when it was reported.  A post kill exam revaled that the sow that mauled that guide in '79 had given birth at least twice in her lifetime. Some of her cubs surley grew up an lived on within our state or the area.  And if she had given birth then it seems likely that she wasn't the only grizzly in the area either.  But who knows? Just something to ponder.

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Colorado Griz bears

I'd be glad to share my photo, plaster and verbal evidence of Griz in Colorado.  Also locations of each.  Also other witnesses names and contact infor who were with me.  Dr. Dan Smith

 

 

 

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Please do share

CavemanDan Dr Dan Smith Boone Colorado Russell Road wrote:

I'd be glad to share my photo, plaster and verbal evidence of Griz in Colorado.  Also locations of each.  Also other witnesses names and contact infor who were with me.  Dr. Dan Smith

 

 

 

Well........how about it then?  Share with us that photo, plaster, and the location of your sighting.

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Here are some pictures and a

Here are some pictures and a story that I just received in a email.  Remember that if it came from the inter net then it has to be real.  Thumbs up    By the way remember what day it is today. Confused  

 

A Big Bear Shot In Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness , Colorado , Sept. 21, 2011 
  
These two gents were calling elk in the Maroon Bells Snowmass of Western Colorado, when this big guy slipped in on the caller. The shooter spotted the bear about 8 yards from the caller and dropped him with 5 shots out of his 338 Win Mag. Farmers in the area knew about the bear but weren't able to track after it killed 3 horses, 5 cows, 13 sheep and a pen full of chickens on several homesites in the area. 
  
Fish and wildlife had bear traps set up in the area but noticed on a surveillance video that whenever he would enter a trap, his hump would hit the top of the culvert trap slowing him enough that the trap door would whack him on the head before he was all the in the clear. Check out the scar tissue on his face. This bear weighed in just under 1300 pounds and would have stood 11¾ feet tall on its hind legs...  

 

 

 

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Grizz Maroon bells Sept. 21 2011

Any more info on this one?   If true why so little press???   Names datesMedia coverage contact information  Thanks for any help Hello ::hello1 ::hello1 

So where was this bear taken if not Colorado.  Size hints at Alaskan coast.??????????? Help!

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Notice the date that is on

Notice the date that is on the upper left hand corner of the post, also if you know the Snowmass area you would know that there are not any farms in the area.  Also I mentioned that anything that is on the inter net has to be true. 

I first saw these pictures last year and they said that the bear was in Alberta Canada but I have my doubts on that also.

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that bear

The fact that the forest in the background of that photo is definetly greener and wetter than any place here in Colorado tells me it was not taken around Maroon Bells.  I'm pretty familiar with Colorado vegitation and the Maroon Bells area and I've never seen moss hang from trees here, plus our forest floor fauna is typically too arid to grow large carpets of moss like that. The vegitation in that photo suggests the Alaska coastal areas or another wet maritime climate.

Believe me, if that bear was taken in Colorado it would have made front page news, and national news too.  Plus the fact that Snowmass is such a heavily recreated area I doubt that a grizzly that large could make use of the habitat there without being seen at some point. I'm of the belief that any remaining Grizzlies that might exist here in Colorado would not be  large bears at all, at least not by Alaska standards in size. 

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It is interesting in that

It is interesting in that anyone would even consider what I posted to be true.  If they did I doubt that they really read what I posted. 

"Here are some pictures and a story that I just received in a email.  Remember that if it came from the inter net then it has to be real.  Thumbs up    By the way remember what day it is today". 

The clues here should of been:  When I said that I just received it in a email, along with; What day it is today.  The date at the top of my post was 2012-04-01 or as we like to call it APRILS FOOLS DAY. 

I agree that if there was a bear of this size here in the state of Colorado it would of been seen by quite a few people.  Hunters and hikers alike would of had run ins with it it. 

I do however agree with WesternHunter in that if CavemanDan Dr D.... has any proof I also would like to see it.