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The Real Story Behind the Infamous "Alberta Grizzly"

The Real Story Behind the Infamous "Alberta Grizzly"

Live Hunt host Tyler Freel has the real story behind this enormous brown bear.
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from Carro wrote 29 weeks 1 day ago

What an absolute disgrace. The joy this man evidently took in killing this animal which had overcome so much to reach that age is sickening. There's something deeply wrong with anyone who'd see this as anything other than a tragedy.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

JG66, despite your obvious "doctorate" on the subject you are missing some key things, which have been mentioned in previous comments, such as the fact that hunting, including trophy hunting when regulated are GOOD for healthy animal populations, both biologically and monetarily. You say you dispatch vermin then go on to put down anyone who kills nuisance animal? Are you kidding me? I am an avid trapper, meat hunter, and in some cases, what you would call a trophy hunter. Trappers as much as any group I know, work to promote healthy, balanced populations (yes, trapping is good for maintaining that as well). Your comments about the wolf situation also imply that you have a lack of first hand experience with wolves, or real knowledge about how nature works. If you're bent on slander, your bias would be better received on the friends of animals website.

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from JG66 wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

There is a genuine difference between Hunters/hunting and Trophy Hunters. There is even a difference between indigenous tribes and hunters from Western countries and those from less developed countries. In a nut shell, the greatest disparity is between those who hunt out of necessity to feed and or defend (last resort) and the Trophy hunters. If you think quite deeply about it- trophy hunters have a psychological ego problem or issue; manifested by the desire to "kill" in order to satiate and affirm their "id" (see Wikepedia if you can follow - Sigmund Freud). This does not mean I endorse these primordial instincts; instead, I draw it to people's attention - so that specifically individuals who trophy hunt understand in our day and age - Its nowhere socially acceptable to stick your trophy in your living room wall or floor, and expect people to show you, awe and gush out with compliments on your ability to conquer wildlife.In summary, trophy hunters are morons with no consideration for nature. Its a playground in their view. Now, the thing is, I occasionally hunt; or dispatch vermin. But I never use wildlife as practise targets...like loads of Hunters do, by displaying daily, weekly, monthly pictures of their kill and associated numbers. Whats wrong with these people ? well Its a Western past time to "kill" any living creature that is deemed a nuisance. The biggest nuisance is man itself; since the argument will always be in our favour - especially when there are commercial interests. IMHO, the worst of the worst are trappers and whats going on in Montana regarding Wolves.

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from aazapf wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Good story and you guys have balls for chasing after the bear. Must admit though, I only hunt and take what I can eat and use. I've never understood the point of Trophy hunting..

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

All i'll say is I'm glad most of our wildlife management is fact/science based, and not emotional feather fluffing. Again, it has been shown that well regulated hunting is GOOD for the overall population of animals, yes, even bears and wolves. More bears are killed by other bears than by people. Taking the old, large, dominant boars allows more cubs to survive and a more diverse population. The emotional arguement is absurd, what I don't get is that some people get more of emotional response from a person killing an old bear, than from that bear ripping baby bears apart. that's "rationality" for ya!

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from Debra Pike wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

It's a no nonsense kill of an animal that as far as anyone knows was not a threat. God made it, so let nature take it's course. I have lived with hunters in my immediate family all my life so I know it's the thrill of hunting. My dad uses the venison, but gosh, they don't need that "much" meat in their freezer or wild hog, or anything else. Hunting every weekend is not good. For shame on the killing of this old bear.

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from Defender wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

What sad greedy human beings. Taking a life just to take it. A true hunter, kills only what he is going to eat. This is shameful...really shameful. The fact the bear wasn't even a menace and that the bear was running from them makes this even cheaper and small. People who kill just to kill have something dark in their hearts and souls.

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from Kiran P wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I totally support @Clyde Bonnie ....how on the earth can u justify an animals death ...u bloody praise the animal for it to be surviving for so many years by killing the very animal just because u had a bloody gun at your disposal which helps you shoot anything from a "distance" !!!.
I would totally appreciate any battle won if its done on the same grounds using the same weapons ... in this case your 'loser' bare hands for u to take the credit of killing this "Majestic" animal !
And to call an animal a "Trophy" once u have killed it !!! Dread the day u come face to face with 'YOU' !!!!

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Wow, that's a heck of a trophy! I agree with JM though, not sure I would have the cajones to run after a giant brown bear through thick brush like that.
@Ken and Clyde, did you guys happen to notice the part of the story where it said the bear had severely arthritic knees? I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty painful to me, so Jesse was actually putting the bear out of it's misery by killing it.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

yeah..it seems crazy to chase in after the bears, but those guys really know what they're doing. Often when a bear leaves the beach, they slow down once in the timber..with the heavy moss on the ground, you can often quitely catch up to them if you're quick! I never did get to see the bear in person, as i wasn't down there at the time. The mount was on display at the SCI show for several years though.

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from JM wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Running after a big grizzly? Sounds like a good way to get yourself killed haha. Congrats to Jesse on getting the big bear.
-Did you ever get to see it in person Tyler?

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from Ken Kirkham wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

The only reason most of these great animals are still in the wild is because hunters spend money to hunt them. hunters foot the bill for most of the conservation of animals. Liberals, on the other hand, complain about the potential loss of wildlife and rarely spend one penny to protect the animals or their habitat.

Ken Winther, you are sadly misinformed.

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from Clyde Bonnie wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

so this bear lived 18 long years out in the wilderness only to become a trophy in some guys living room? yeah that makes a lot of sense. This bear was just out doin what it does in its everyday life and minding it's own business, how did it deserve to die? Is the chance to land a huge trophy so you can brag to all of your friends really a valid reason for someone to play God?

Just remember...karma is real and it really is a b!tch. Kinda wish I could be around to see it bite this guy in the rear in all honesty.

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from Andrew Williams wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Hey,Ken: It's time for you to go back to your pasture and resume grazing with the other sheep!It's obvious that you are one of those who hate hunting and hunters,so what are you doing visiting one of our websites and making your foolish comments?

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from LovesOutdoors wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Ken, In New Jersey the State Fish and Game stopped the black bear hunt in 1970, because the numbers were low. In the year 2003, there were so many New Jersey complaints of black bears killing pets, livestock, killed in auto accidents and breaking into homes, that the State started up a black bear hunt, again.
The Alaska Fish and Game Biologists are looking out for the Brown Bears best interest. If their numbers dropped by a fatal disease the state would stop the hunt or give out less permits. Trust the State Biologists, they know what their doing.
That one awesome bear. Congrats to the hunter and thanks for sharing your story. Good Job Tyler, for getting all the facts straight.

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from Andrew Brown wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Ken Winther, just for a second, think about all the pigs, cows, chickens, and many other farmed animals that we can purchase pieces of in the the grocery stores today for our consumption. Just because YOU don't kill it yourself to eat it that animals don't die for you to enjoy. You just don't see it, making you simply ignorant. You just pay someone else to do it for you. Instead of using guns, these people use a gate or clips to hold the animals and a device to stun the animal while their throats get cut. Think fully before lashing out with lame assed half informed statements.

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from rcmich wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Tyler, excellent post and information for those who truly don't know how nature works but I strongly suspect Mr. Winther is simply another mindless troll trying to stir up controversy with his drivel.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Your presumption simply isn't true Ken, these bears have been hunted and managed for years and the population is in no danger. In fact, hunting is good for a healthy population, taking the old, big boars increases cub survival. Boars like this regularly kill cubs to bring a sow back into heat. Also, bears like this one are on the downhill with a lot of injuries. It really has no effect on the overall population. Hunters, more than anyone want to keep these awesome creatures around.

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from Dan Lewis wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Great story and a great trophy. I can only imagine that 375 Ackley going off next to your head might give you a concussion!

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from Ken Winther wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Some day there will be none of these great animals left for these hunters to brag about killing with their big guns with scopes. Get a camera with cross-hairs to show you could have without the slaughter.
We are no longer a hunter/gather society.

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from Ken Kirkham wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

The only reason most of these great animals are still in the wild is because hunters spend money to hunt them. hunters foot the bill for most of the conservation of animals. Liberals, on the other hand, complain about the potential loss of wildlife and rarely spend one penny to protect the animals or their habitat.

Ken Winther, you are sadly misinformed.

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from LovesOutdoors wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Ken, In New Jersey the State Fish and Game stopped the black bear hunt in 1970, because the numbers were low. In the year 2003, there were so many New Jersey complaints of black bears killing pets, livestock, killed in auto accidents and breaking into homes, that the State started up a black bear hunt, again.
The Alaska Fish and Game Biologists are looking out for the Brown Bears best interest. If their numbers dropped by a fatal disease the state would stop the hunt or give out less permits. Trust the State Biologists, they know what their doing.
That one awesome bear. Congrats to the hunter and thanks for sharing your story. Good Job Tyler, for getting all the facts straight.

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from Andrew Brown wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Ken Winther, just for a second, think about all the pigs, cows, chickens, and many other farmed animals that we can purchase pieces of in the the grocery stores today for our consumption. Just because YOU don't kill it yourself to eat it that animals don't die for you to enjoy. You just don't see it, making you simply ignorant. You just pay someone else to do it for you. Instead of using guns, these people use a gate or clips to hold the animals and a device to stun the animal while their throats get cut. Think fully before lashing out with lame assed half informed statements.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Your presumption simply isn't true Ken, these bears have been hunted and managed for years and the population is in no danger. In fact, hunting is good for a healthy population, taking the old, big boars increases cub survival. Boars like this regularly kill cubs to bring a sow back into heat. Also, bears like this one are on the downhill with a lot of injuries. It really has no effect on the overall population. Hunters, more than anyone want to keep these awesome creatures around.

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from Andrew Williams wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Hey,Ken: It's time for you to go back to your pasture and resume grazing with the other sheep!It's obvious that you are one of those who hate hunting and hunters,so what are you doing visiting one of our websites and making your foolish comments?

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from rcmich wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Tyler, excellent post and information for those who truly don't know how nature works but I strongly suspect Mr. Winther is simply another mindless troll trying to stir up controversy with his drivel.

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from JM wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Running after a big grizzly? Sounds like a good way to get yourself killed haha. Congrats to Jesse on getting the big bear.
-Did you ever get to see it in person Tyler?

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from Dan Lewis wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Great story and a great trophy. I can only imagine that 375 Ackley going off next to your head might give you a concussion!

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Wow, that's a heck of a trophy! I agree with JM though, not sure I would have the cajones to run after a giant brown bear through thick brush like that.
@Ken and Clyde, did you guys happen to notice the part of the story where it said the bear had severely arthritic knees? I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty painful to me, so Jesse was actually putting the bear out of it's misery by killing it.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

yeah..it seems crazy to chase in after the bears, but those guys really know what they're doing. Often when a bear leaves the beach, they slow down once in the timber..with the heavy moss on the ground, you can often quitely catch up to them if you're quick! I never did get to see the bear in person, as i wasn't down there at the time. The mount was on display at the SCI show for several years though.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

All i'll say is I'm glad most of our wildlife management is fact/science based, and not emotional feather fluffing. Again, it has been shown that well regulated hunting is GOOD for the overall population of animals, yes, even bears and wolves. More bears are killed by other bears than by people. Taking the old, large, dominant boars allows more cubs to survive and a more diverse population. The emotional arguement is absurd, what I don't get is that some people get more of emotional response from a person killing an old bear, than from that bear ripping baby bears apart. that's "rationality" for ya!

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

JG66, despite your obvious "doctorate" on the subject you are missing some key things, which have been mentioned in previous comments, such as the fact that hunting, including trophy hunting when regulated are GOOD for healthy animal populations, both biologically and monetarily. You say you dispatch vermin then go on to put down anyone who kills nuisance animal? Are you kidding me? I am an avid trapper, meat hunter, and in some cases, what you would call a trophy hunter. Trappers as much as any group I know, work to promote healthy, balanced populations (yes, trapping is good for maintaining that as well). Your comments about the wolf situation also imply that you have a lack of first hand experience with wolves, or real knowledge about how nature works. If you're bent on slander, your bias would be better received on the friends of animals website.

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from aazapf wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Good story and you guys have balls for chasing after the bear. Must admit though, I only hunt and take what I can eat and use. I've never understood the point of Trophy hunting..

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from Defender wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

What sad greedy human beings. Taking a life just to take it. A true hunter, kills only what he is going to eat. This is shameful...really shameful. The fact the bear wasn't even a menace and that the bear was running from them makes this even cheaper and small. People who kill just to kill have something dark in their hearts and souls.

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from Carro wrote 29 weeks 1 day ago

What an absolute disgrace. The joy this man evidently took in killing this animal which had overcome so much to reach that age is sickening. There's something deeply wrong with anyone who'd see this as anything other than a tragedy.

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from JG66 wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

There is a genuine difference between Hunters/hunting and Trophy Hunters. There is even a difference between indigenous tribes and hunters from Western countries and those from less developed countries. In a nut shell, the greatest disparity is between those who hunt out of necessity to feed and or defend (last resort) and the Trophy hunters. If you think quite deeply about it- trophy hunters have a psychological ego problem or issue; manifested by the desire to "kill" in order to satiate and affirm their "id" (see Wikepedia if you can follow - Sigmund Freud). This does not mean I endorse these primordial instincts; instead, I draw it to people's attention - so that specifically individuals who trophy hunt understand in our day and age - Its nowhere socially acceptable to stick your trophy in your living room wall or floor, and expect people to show you, awe and gush out with compliments on your ability to conquer wildlife.In summary, trophy hunters are morons with no consideration for nature. Its a playground in their view. Now, the thing is, I occasionally hunt; or dispatch vermin. But I never use wildlife as practise targets...like loads of Hunters do, by displaying daily, weekly, monthly pictures of their kill and associated numbers. Whats wrong with these people ? well Its a Western past time to "kill" any living creature that is deemed a nuisance. The biggest nuisance is man itself; since the argument will always be in our favour - especially when there are commercial interests. IMHO, the worst of the worst are trappers and whats going on in Montana regarding Wolves.

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from Kiran P wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I totally support @Clyde Bonnie ....how on the earth can u justify an animals death ...u bloody praise the animal for it to be surviving for so many years by killing the very animal just because u had a bloody gun at your disposal which helps you shoot anything from a "distance" !!!.
I would totally appreciate any battle won if its done on the same grounds using the same weapons ... in this case your 'loser' bare hands for u to take the credit of killing this "Majestic" animal !
And to call an animal a "Trophy" once u have killed it !!! Dread the day u come face to face with 'YOU' !!!!

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from Debra Pike wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

It's a no nonsense kill of an animal that as far as anyone knows was not a threat. God made it, so let nature take it's course. I have lived with hunters in my immediate family all my life so I know it's the thrill of hunting. My dad uses the venison, but gosh, they don't need that "much" meat in their freezer or wild hog, or anything else. Hunting every weekend is not good. For shame on the killing of this old bear.

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from Clyde Bonnie wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

so this bear lived 18 long years out in the wilderness only to become a trophy in some guys living room? yeah that makes a lot of sense. This bear was just out doin what it does in its everyday life and minding it's own business, how did it deserve to die? Is the chance to land a huge trophy so you can brag to all of your friends really a valid reason for someone to play God?

Just remember...karma is real and it really is a b!tch. Kinda wish I could be around to see it bite this guy in the rear in all honesty.

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from Ken Winther wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Some day there will be none of these great animals left for these hunters to brag about killing with their big guns with scopes. Get a camera with cross-hairs to show you could have without the slaughter.
We are no longer a hunter/gather society.

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