Fish & Game News May 6, 2014 Elliott
Late last week the Boone and Crockett Club announced that a new record for the largest hunter-harvested grizzly bear had been entered into its books. The massive bruin was taken by Larry Fitzgerald during a hunt last May near Fairbanks, Alaska. Boone and Crockett Club measurers gave the animal’s skull an official score of 27 and 6/16, which made the bear the largest ever taken by a hunter and second-largest overall. The current world record belongs to a skull found by Gordon E. Scott in 1976 near Lone Mountain. That specimen measured 27 and 13/16.
With a population of 30,000, Alaska holds the largest number of grizzly bears in the world. The bears are most densely populated along the coast, where nutrient-rich salmon provide a nutritious diet. The state currently holds bear hunting seasons in both spring and fall.
“One would think that a relatively accessible area, with liberal bear hunting regulations to keep populations in line with available habitat and food, would be the last place to find one of the largest grizzly bears on record,” said Richard Hale, chairman of the Boone and Crockett Club’s Records of North American Big Game committee.
Source: Outdoor Hub