GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — State bear managers seeking to capture and collar female grizzly bears as part of a population count recently trapped a 7 foot, 6 inch male grizzly that weighed 750 pounds after a winter of hibernation.
Mike Madel, bear management specialist with the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said it took two scales and a hydraulic crane to weigh the 8-year-old bruin that had 3 1/2-inch claws and a neck circumference of 4 feet.
"This bear was just a beautiful bear," Madel said.
Madel said the big male with the bronze head, golden back and dark chocolate legs could weigh as much as 900 pounds by the fall.
"This is really a large male," he said. In fact, it is the second-largest male grizzly ever recorded in the Northern Rockies Region, Madel said.
Madel captured the bear he dubbed "Big Daddy," on May 24. He was trying to capture female grizzlies near Choteau to fit them with radio collars to track their movements and whether they have cubs.
Post by grrraaahhh on Jan 30, 2011 12:00:43 GMT -9
Thanks. A Yezo brown bear (General) profile is planned. There are sub populations of Yezo brown bears that grow large (see diet). They rank among Asia's largest brown bear populations along with brown bears from Kamchatka and the greater Ussuri/Manchuria region.