According to the Midwest City Sun, a U.S Forest Service employee was out deer hunting in Alaska, when he was charged by a giant grizzly bear.
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 big bear was just over one thousand six hundred pounds. It stood 12 feet, six inches high at the shoulder and 14 feet to the top of his head. It is the largest grizzly bear ever recorded in the world. Just imagine an animal of these proportions charging straight at you with nothing but hate and destruction in its very being.
I can’t imagine myself what must have been running through that guys head when he saw something that massive coming at him. So if you think that is scary and an interesting story, there is more.
The really bizarre part of the story started when the bear was examined by the United States Forest Service. Based on the contents of the bear’s stomach, it was established that the bear had killed at least two humans in the 72 hours before its demise which included a missing hiker.
The U.S. 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 bear with four of those shots (the Service ultimately found four 38 caliber slugs along with twelve 7mm slugs inside the bear’s body), it only wounded the bear and probably angered it immediately.
And just how big is big? Writer D.A. Ray sums it up this way.
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. It could walk up to a two story house and look in the bedroom windows. Think about what was running through the mind of the U.S. Forest worker when this huge thing was charging.
That’s one big bear when it is determined that a hiker’s .38 revolver was emptied into the bear – 4 or 6 shots hitting it – and it only managed to anger the bear. Although they didn’t say where the 4 shots hit other than just saying it was in the body, how can you not hit at least the biggest part of a 1600-plus pound bear?