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Trophy bear (killed in self defense).This man works for the US Forest Service in Alaska .

He was out deer hunting 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 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, 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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Urban legend. The bears at the Anchorage airport aren't near that big. And there's not a bear in the world that's 12 and a half feet high on all fours.

The stories generally all go pretty much the same. A hunter was jumped by the bear, shot it 57 times with a .458 Win Mag, and had to cut off its head with a chainsaw before it died. Once they opened it up, they found the entire town of Cordova inside, to include the fishing boats and most of the buildings. They then had to build a new terminal at the Anchorage airport to accomodate it, for that's where all the bears in Alaska eventually wind up.

The bears up here are big, but they're not Paul Bunyan big.

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That's an understood but I always get a kick out of these stories and the pictures that go with them. I couldn't get the pictures to copy.

While we're on the subject of Alaskan Bears. My understanding and what I've read in articles by Alaskan bear guides is.
Anymore a 9' bear is a large one and Kodiac Island has the majority of the large one's.

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Nine feet is definitely a good bear. It's mostly dependant on diet. My favorite spot on the coast produces its share of 7 and 8 footers, but I think the 9 footers are more wary -- either nocturnal or in more remote areas. Kodiak definitely has its share, but I don't think there's anything magical. Kodiak is to bears what Florida is to oranges or Idaho is to potatoes. There are big bears there, but like anyplace else if you want to go big you've gotta work pretty hard.

The really big ones are basically boars in areas with a high food concentration, at the peak of their growth. In that respect, it's like a 65 inch bull moose or a B&C elk -- animals out at the end of the bell curve that nature doesn't provide in abundance.

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