1600lb Man Eating Grizzly Killed in Alaska

A 12’6″ and 1600lb Man Eating Grizzly Killed in Alaska

The following (first two) pictures are of a guy who works for the US Forest Service in Alaska and his trophy bear. He was out deer hunting when a large grizzly bear charged him from about 50 yards away. The guy unloaded his 7mm Mag 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 tourist’s 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. His last meal was the unlucky nature buff in the third picture.

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 they 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.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 belly button 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.

Truth or Fiction

This story was emailed to me. I have been trying to find more information about this story to determine if it is actually true. This could just be one of those legends! If you know more information on this story feel free to contact us. Here is what I found (not sure if I trust this source either): http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/bearhunt.asp

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63 Responses to 1600lb Man Eating Grizzly Killed in Alaska

  1. Dustin Dedmore says:

    Ref your comment on “looking for more info.”The photographer that took the first two photos is a good friend of mine and was stationed with and was hunting with the Airmen in the photo. The photographer has written several stories to debunk the many Internet myths out there. I can get you in contact with him if you’d like some clarity on the real story. Id be more than happy to help out a fellow Montanan… Jim did write an article on Black Bear Heaven shortly afterwords. Hitchenbroock grizzly / black bear heaven should get you close on Google.

    • Ren says:

      Do you think it killed more people, i think eating the humans is what made it so big??? To think about, eating all the human stem cells could have made that bear enourmous!!!

  2. Wanda says:

    these pictures have been circulating the internet for years people! LMAO! http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl-grizzlybear.htm

  3. Gary says:

    Another FALSE story. The first two photos are of a hunter with a bear he took on one of Alaska’s islands. He was NOT charged by the bear. The third photo shows the remains of a self-proclaimed bear biologist and photo-grapher. Different bears. These photos have been around for years. PS: The biologist’s girlfriend was also killed in that attack.

    • DawnRising says:

      Are you referring to Timothy Treadwell, the self-proclaimed bear expert? He was killed by a grizzly along with his girlfriend in Alaska. According to the documentary on him, all they found was his head, partial spine, right forearm and hand.

    • It ain’t false,but the info is 2 years old and the story is not well put together well,bad intel gathering on the news peoples part.

    • the last picturenprcoclaimed to tim the grizzly man is not him.this was the victim of wildcdodsci s america. tims arms’head genatalie had been removed. i saw the actual remains were about35% of his body.doctor elias brody fish and game dept

  4. doug says:

    I wished I could have killed it I know its true Cause I saw it on the news man that killed the bear should have got it instead of the state

  5. mani kumar says:

    Hey I would have shot that

  6. Dana says:

    If the “story” is fake…as it seems that a lot of people at thinking it is. Then why would it be on news stations around the U.S..

    • Doc Doc says:

      I think most of what we see in the media is truncated or distorted, Dana. Don’t feel bad if a really exciting story like this makes the news without being verified. I originally saw this article 4 or 5 years ago

  7. Brandon says:

    I have been to the air port it is really there I flew there to go hunting for moose.

  8. Pete Bowman says:

    It’s a fake. I’ve seen the third photograph about fifteen years ago circulating the Internet.

  9. JV says:

    That must be some gun! A 7mm Weatherby rifle that I own can only hold 4-rounds fully loaded (3 in mag and 1 in chamber. The article states there were 12-7mm slugs found in the bear. He would have to load 2 additional times while the bear was charging. Grizzlys only weigh up to 800 pounds.

    • hawksalot says:

      This is true. I live in alaska my whole life. I’ve seen the bear in the airport and my dad. Rick Snell has the biggest grizzly taken in the world with a traditional bow. Grizzly can defiantly get up to 800 and bigger. I’ve seen full grown bears take down full grown moose while stocking them. There amazing animals and all people should take caution when hunting them

    • Michael Bryant says:

      You are wrong they get well over 1000 lbs regularly.

    • Un-bear-able says:

      Unless he had a magazine conversion…

    • Shoboli says:

      First thing I thought of.I do have 06 with 10 round mag.never seen 7mm with a mag like that.

  10. mahle says:

    There is no 14 foot tall bear in the Ted Stephens Anchorage International Airport. So, at least you know THAT part of the story is false.

  11. THIS AWFUL @ SO SAD. Be prepared. Go 2or4 men strong.

  12. hurtioioio says:

    my step dad knew the ppl who took this bear down, it is a true story and he also has film printed pictures and the actual film from one of the film cameras

    • Alex says:

      I totally agree with you i don’t know anyone but I too think it is real are there any videos? and how long ago was this?

  13. William says:

    This is a true story & it was on the national news but all they told was of the two hikers killed and the game wardens killing the bear it was a world record man killing bear …but for you people who don’t know this did not just happen it was years ago.

  14. Tony Goodwin says:

    Hunters of beautiful intelligent animals like Bears as SCUM! Gutless wonders who should take up MMA or Boxing if they think they’re tough or hard men. Appalling and pathetic people. Hunt feral introduced species of animals that threaten the environment you wankers!

    • w says:

      YUCK those sports are nothing but a bunch of ass & ball grabbing fakes better try for some real sports

    • Mike hawk says:

      That bear would wank all over you Tony

    • David Burnaby says:

      Oh brother! One of those uneducated liberal morons that think if a human go anywhere that has trees they are fair game for any animal and we are not to defend ourselves.

      Get a life you hypocrite and I sincerly hope you’re a vegetarian because animals in slaughter houses are treated far more cruelly than hunters treat their prey.

    • Ken says:

      Tom, you are ignorant! If this bear or any other wild animal charged you, you would shoot it or die! I bet some tree hugging moron like you would probably die because you most likely have never fired a weapon and wouldn’t know what to do or have the presence of mind to do it!

    • Un-bear-able says:

      This man wasn’t even hunting bear. The bear was hunting him and he protected himself. As a fighter and hunter, I feel that standing your ground to a charging grizzly with the composer to do what is necessary to protect yourself, takes much more hardness and toughness than squaring off with another man in a sanctioned fight. The difference between loss of life and loss of pride are non comparable.

  15. Anthony Maw says:

    Western bear hunters should know that Chinese are willing to pay top dollar for bear paws as a food delicacy, and for the bile gall bladder which is believed to have special curing powers. Don’t let those bear parts just rot when you can get hundreds for them at the local Chinatown!

    • Judy Walker says:

      Please sir…..don’t say stupid things to encourage poaching animals in our country…..not impressed !!!!! They are magnificent animals and have a right to live on our planet ….

  16. will says:

    Well if this beast was coming toward you. What would u do. Let it munch on ur ass. Dont think so

  17. d.horton says:

    i wonder who the idiot was who thought a .38 cal.pistol was going to be protection against a bear unless he was so good that he thought he could shoot it in both eyes.

  18. Alan k says:

    I would like to see some more photos of this 14 foot bear

  19. Sea Wolf says:

    I rather doubt the above hype though the pics are real (giant bear head pic is a perspective shot). I will quote for you the wording on the plaque in front of the bear at the Alaska airport. ” World Record Kodiak Brown Bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi) Skull score 30 10/16 inches. Harvested on April 20th, 1997 by Anchorage resident Will Gay. Mounted by Dan Foster, Fosters Taxidermy Wasilla, AK.

    Have photos of both plaque and the bear in the case. It’s standing and maybe (guessing) 10 to 11 feet tall. Not the Godzilla in the description but I would not want to be face to face with this (or any) bear. Also no mention of it being a man eater though I’m sure more info can be gotten by researching the Will Gay reference.

    • Sea Wolf says:

      Also as a thought, look closely at the leaves in the foreground of the victim picture. Looks very much like tropical jungle type leaves. Victim was more likely a tiger attack.

  20. Sean Hansen says:

    the Bears depicted in this story are from two separate incidents both bears where shot by men when out hunting both bears charged the individuals who shot them the bear in photo 1 & 2 were taken in Alaska by the airmen in the photo bear two from photo 3 was taken buy a separate individual in a different state well out hunting when the bear charged him it was found later that the bear had killed the hiker in the photo as well as another individual.

  21. Keller blair says:

    That bear is not the largest Goliath the Kodiak was 1 ton

  22. ed jones says:

    I just stumbled across this website and wanted to reply even though it is an old thread.
    The first two pictures are pf a young man that shot an 11 foot tall 1200 pound bear back in 2001. His name is Ted, he was 22, and he even told his story on the history channel. It was shot on Hinchinbrook island and it 6 shots. The 3rd picture is unrelated.

  23. Brian says:

    I saw it on the internet, it must be true! WOW. Ive seen dancing, singing cockroaches, and a 120 foot long shark, posted by big foot. Please for the love of god, tell me the lives of the average american haven’t become so lack-luster that anyone would belive this crap. Entertaining, sure. But use yer head people. Happy hunting

  24. don cheatham says:

    the bear was doing only what nature had programed to do
    the wild life officer should have kept his ass out of the bears hood,
    some this awesome should be left alone in the nature he was born into.
    man ass does not belong in Alaska remote wilderness,

  25. Dan Johnson says:

    the true story is here, (page two shows the skull and has a fact and fiction section)

  26. RC says:

    Why kill such a magnificent animal? A truly beautiful creature provided by nature….and all it takes is for a armed coward to fuck it all up.

  27. Celestia says:

    That is real so…but it looks scary

  28. I just learned about this story this year but the second I did hear about it I was interested and sorry to the families who have lost and thanks to the guy for shooting the bear down who knew who he could have killed next you saved more than you think

  29. I just learned about this story this year but the second I did hear about it I was interested and sorry to the families who have lost and thanks to the guy for shooting the bear down who knew who he could have killed next you saved more than you think

  30. mike prescott says:


  31. Gazzah says:

    Bad Bear, but not as big and bad as the nocturnal Bunjip Bear of Australia. The first time you see one is usually your last. They pounce out of the tall Gum Trees. You don’t even see them coming. The Authorities deny their existence, but old experienced Bush Rangers, know they are for real. They are a Big Carnivorous version of the Koala Bear ( technically NOT a bear ) they are marsupial and live in the deep dark Rain Forests of the Daintree Area in Queensland.

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  33. Kevin says:

    Your story is full bs and couldnt be further from the trueth. This is a buddy of mine Ted. We were stationed together at Eielson AFB, AK. It didnt charge him, it wasnt a “man eating bear”, it weighed about 1k – 1.2k lbs and measure in at ~ 10 1/2′. Yeah it was a massive bear but far from the fable you wrote…

  34. Charles Hendricks says:

    I saw the stuffed bear in Anchorage transiting to Japan, in 1979. I was 12-13 yrs old and my dad was pcs’ing to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.

  35. Cari Fisher says:

    This story is about 1/3 true.. A bear WAS shot, but it didn’t eat people and it wasn’t that big.


  36. Bill nye says:

    Ice cold it’s real

  37. william says:

    thear r reail bears like that

  38. Hunter says:

    The top 2 pictures have been around forever i remeber them coming out on monster quest like 6-7 years ago. And the guy was elk or moose hunting when he seem the bear and it charged him he unloaded his magazine as it died a few feet before it got to him. But idk about the 3rd picture

  39. Jme says:

    it was a MAN EATER… they needed to get rid of it so it couldn’t kill anyone else. it is sad though to see such a beautiful animal killed. scary to think of seeing one that big in person.

  40. Stefanie says:

    For everyone saying hunting is not a real sport, you are crazy. Hunting is a sport and can be more dangerous than mma as some of you have stated. We archery hunt and have to be out working hard, hiking miles, putting in tons of time in order to have a successful hunt. My family eats the meat which is far more healthy than the garbage you buy in the store. I would love to see any of you who think hunting is a joke or disgusting get as close to animals as I have and then see what you have to say after that. I would like to see if you have the skill and knowledge to get as close as i do to get a good clean archery kill shot. Yes, all animals are beautiful. They also supply families with nutrients. So thank you for your negativity. It only makes me want to continue to teach it to my children and others to continue on. Real hunters are ethical, practice countless hours to take and make ethical kill shots. It is a lot of hard work and dedication. It’s not like you just go out there and find an animal and shoot it. So you might want to do some research prior to posting negative comments. Next time I see you in line at burger king I’ll be laughing saying, ” oh are you eating a beautiful animal here and paying money for it! ” I respect the hunters who are ethical and who love the sport as dearly as my family does. Go hunters!!!!!! Keep it up.

  41. Stefanie says:

    I forgot to mention, if you were out there camping and a bear, elk, moose, mountain lion or anything else charged you or your children would you not do the same thing

  42. Shoboli says:

    I must say that shooting a bear any bear with 38 is just stupid.maybe 44 mag or a 454 casual .a 38 is like deer hunting with a pellet gun.in bear country carry a pistol big enough for the job

  43. david helton says:

    fake story I saw those same pics (the first two) years and years ago, I think in field and stream

  44. Alex says:

    This is so real you guys might not think but it is look at the blood on his hands!!!

  45. Sea Wolf says:

    As above, only partly true. Big bear was shot .. yes. Not a man eater at all. Just a BIG bear. The last picture is that of a victim of a tiger attack in India. LOOK at the picture! There are palm fronds in the foreground!!! Last I looked, palms did not grow anywhere in Alaska.

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