Larry Fitzgerald knew he was stalking a big grizzly bear, but he and his buddy didn’t realize that they were tracking the second largest grizzly ever recorded. While Larry and his friend were moose hunting near Fairbanks, Alaska, they spotted fresh bear tracks in the snow and decided to pursue. Three hours later, Larry had taken down the grizzly, an enormous bruin standing nearly 9 feet tall. This hunt earned Fitzgerald a place in the record books.
Boone and Crockett have determined that this grizzly to be the largest ever taken down by a hunter and the second largest grizzly ever documented. It’s a remarkable accomplishment, especially when one considers that the bear was found near a high populated city. “One would think that a relatively accessible area, with liberal bear-hunting regulations to keep populations in line…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 Game committee.
Fitzgerald was 20 yards away from the bear when he took it down with one shot from his Sako 300 rifle. The shot was to the neck. “We knew it was big,” he said. “It was a rush.”
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game enforced grizzly hunting regulation in order to assuage bear attacks on moose, and while baiting is allowed under regulations, Fitzgerald stalked this particular grizzly. Even though grizzlies are federally protected in the lower 48 states under the Endangered Species Act, thriving populations have regulators considering the de-listing of this particular species.
When commenting on how he felt about getting the world’s second largest grizzly on record, Fitzgerald said, “I’m not really a trophy hunter or anything, but I guess it is kind of cool.”
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