Giant Bear Killed in Alaska by Park Ranger-Truth! & Fiction! 

Summary of eRumor:

Emails show photos of a giant bear that was supposedly killed in Alaska by a park ranger after eating three hikers.

The Truth:

These photos actually show a giant bear that was killed in Alaska. But, like most good hunting stories, the line between truth and fiction has blurred over time with this one.

Photos of a giant bear killed in Alaska first surfaced on a message board in 2004. At the time, it was reported that an airman hunting on Hitchcock Island killed the giant bear. Another version claimed that a park ranger shot the giant bear after it charged him from 50 yards away. After the giant bear was killed, according to urban legend, three hikers were found inside the giant bear’s belly. In both accounts, the bear weighed a monstrous 1,600 pounds. was able to track down the original photos of the giant bear killed in Alaska, and the hunter who shot it. The photos first appeared at the website A hunter named Jim Urban, who was there when his buddy shot the giant bear, posted them.

Jim Urban said that the bear weighed 1,000 to 1,200 pounds — not 1,600 pounds, as has been rumored. And the hunter was not a park ranger, he didn’t shoot the bear as it was charging, and the bear didn’t eat three hikers before it was killed. Those colorful “details” have made stories about the giant bear killed in Alaska into urban legend — but they’re not true.

Jim Urban recounted the kill on a blog site called Black Bear Heaven back in 2003. In that account, Urban wrote that he and a hunting buddy, Ted, found the giant bear walking along a riverbed. The giant bear was walking toward them, so they looped around and waiting for it to approach:

Murphy’s Law contended our plan, and unwillingly baffled our strategy! Where we stood not seconds earlier, the brush began to part. Ted and I found ourselves going “Mano a Mano” with a bear of a lifetime. The sound of Ted’s heavy breathing was the only thing fading out the dull drum of my now sunken heart. I ran through my mental checklist, “Safety off, round chambered, finger on the trigger and relax.” Now was not the time to make errors. I looked over at Ted who stood between the tree and I. “Are you ready,” I asked. He nodded. My attention focused back on the crosshairs of my riflescope. The gargantuan paw appeared first through the tall shoots, followed by the massive, robust cranium. The boar stepped closer. His head was lobbed low; his rusted muzzle leaked clouds of nasal vapor through quarter size nostrils; and those beady, bloodshot eyes stared through my partner and I. The solemn look alone was enough to make one feel threatened, but oddly the bear showed no sign of aggression. Each step closer the bear inched, I felt more compelled to renege on my agreement with Ted, and kill the bear myself. “Pull the trigger!” I demanded Ted, “Pull the trigger!” The blast of Ted’s .338 Win-Mag rang out and sent a direct hit to the bear’s nerve center bringing him to his hindquarters. Two shots to the vitals followed, completely dropping the bear, while a series of three additional rounds provided enough insurance to tame our own racing anxieties. The boar dropped in his tracks. What played through my head in slow motion seemed endless, but in reality was over in a fraction of seconds.

So, photos of the giant grizzly bear that was killed in a Alaska that have been circulating for more than a decade are real, but stories surrounding them are false.

In case your wondering, a hunter in Alaska shot the second biggest grizzly bear ever recorded in 2014. It measured nine feet tall, and its skull measured nearly 28 inches. There was no word on how much he weighed, according to Fox News.

A previous version of the story published by

Pictures of a Hunter and a Giant 1,600 lb Bear in AlaskaTruth! & Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

There are two pictures of a hunter and a huge bear.  The eRumor says the bear was killed on Hitchenbrook Island by an airman stationed at Elmendorf.  It says the bear was 12 1/2 feet long and weighed an estimated 1600 pounds.
A later version says the photo is of a forest service worker and also includes a picture of an alleged bear attack victim and says the bear had been responsible for several human deaths in Alaska and was the largest bear ever recorded.  Some of the eRumors include pictures of mangled human remains alleged to have been one of the bear’s victims.

The Truth:

Thanks to our readers, the truth about these pictures has been found. The facts are a little different from the original eRumor, but the pictures do record the results of a true hunt and are real.

The original pictures lacked the label linking them with, but that is where the pictures reside.  They were posted by a hunter who used the nickname  Dalliwacker, on, but who is, according to published articles, Jim Urban.  He says that the bear was actually ten feet high and weighed between 1,000 and 1,200 pounds.  He says the bear did not stand up then drop down and charge.  It showed no aggression at all.  He also says the bear was not shot on Hitchenbrook Island but, like all good hunters, he won’t be specific about where he got it <smile>.

The versions of the eRumor that claims the bear was a killer and was shot by a forest service employee or was a killer and human remains were found in his stomach, are false.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Collected on: 11/20/2015

Version #1
This bear was killed on Hitchenbrook Island by an airman stationed at Elmendorf.

The bear measured 12 1/2 feet long and was estimated at over 1600 pounds.

The guy was on his way to his hunting area when the bear stood up only 350 yards away.

It dropped down and charged. The airman emptied his gun and the bear fell 10 yards from him.

Version #2
Do not view these photos if you get queasy at the sight of blood and bodies.  This is not an “urban legend”.  REAL life, REAL danger, WILD ALASKA.       The photos are of a guy who works for the Forest Service. He was out deer hunting.  A large grizzly bear charged him from about 50 yards away.  He unloaded his 7mm Semi-automatic rifle into the bear and it dropped a few feet from him.  The big bear was still alive so he reloaded and capped it in the head.  The bear was over one thousand six hundred pounds.  It stood 12′ 6″ high at the shoulder, and 14′ to the top of his head. It’s the largest grizzly bear ever recorded in the world.  Of course, the game department did not let him keep it.  It will be mounted and put on display at the Anchorage airport to remind tourists of the risks involved when in the wild.  You would be level with the bear’s belly button when he stood upright.  When on all fours, he would look you in the eye.  To give it additional perspective, consider that this bear, standing on its hind legs, could walk up to an average single story house and look over the roof.  The bear had killed at least two people.  His last meal was the unlucky hiker in the third picture.  The Forest Service found his 38-caliber pistol emptied.  Although the hiker fired six shots, only four managed to hit the bear. (they ultimately found four 38-caliber slugs along with the seven 7mm slugs inside the bear’s dead body) The 38’s only wounded him—and really pissed him off.  The bear killed the hiker an estimated three days prior to the bear’s own demise by the Forest Service worker.