|A Bear of a Hunt|
(5/23/2002) The Internet is full of amazing, remarkable and/or disturbing photographs. Sometimes, however, it's the story that accompanies them that is the most remarkable.
Folks who were taken in by doctored pictures of Canada's giant mutant cat and the World Trade Center's last tourist, have good reason to be skeptical about this one. As it turns out, however, the pictures are real - it's the story that's been doctored.
According to the Ancorage Daily News on April 24, 2002, Sig Casiano, a 28-year old commercial banker and avid hunter (not an employee of the forest services) was charged by a giant grizzly bear while deer hunting in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, just north of Sterling, Alaska. Casiano's second shot from his .300-caliber Winchester Magnum rifle was a lucky one, penetrating the bear's shoulder and hitting the spine, instantly paralyzing the behemouth. It took three more shots from the rifle and a sixth shot from Casiano's .454-caliber handgun.
The bear was a bit of a celebrity that had been fattening up for years at black bear bait stations in the area. Officials from the National Forest Service reported that the animal had apparently lost it's fear of humans, as was evidenced by numerous bird shot scars on it's behind from earlier run-ins. The Bear Carcass was sent to Hawaii for study.