Break the Chain A Bear of a Hunt

Created 5/23/2002 (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.

The bear pictures are of a guy that works for the forest service in Alaska.

He was out deer hunting. A large...large world record Grizzly bear 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.

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.

Big Bear

Big Bear

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.

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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.

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