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Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Huge Black Bear was killed when it was hit by a combine

Here is another one of those e-mails with a giant animal this time its bear. I’m not sure if the picture is real. If it is real the bear is actually as big as it appears in the photo or was trick photography used to make the bear appear bigger than it is. Here is the picture you decide for your self and let me know what you think.

Here is the story that goes along with the photo:

A huge hibernating male black bear was killed Nov. 26 in northern Dunn County when it was hit by a combine.

Neil Schlough of Boyceville was harvesting corn in a field on the Pinehurst Farm at about 7 o'clock that evening a few miles south of the Dunn/Barron county line, just off of County Road VVV, or about 22 miles north of Menomonie.

The bear was denning in the field, having dug a hole about a foot deep to lay in and pulled in debris from the corn stalks in on top of itself.

According to his wife, Phyllis, Neil came upon the bear with the outside row of his combine head and drove the outside snout into the animal's neck and shoulder and pushed it about six or seven feet.

She said Neil felt the combine strike something and the outside snout was pushed up into the air (the combine wasn't damaged).

"He stepped out of the combine and saw that he had hit an animal," she said. "At first he thought one of our dairy steers over there had gotten out, went in the corn field, ate too much corn and died."

But it didn't take long for Neil to realize it was a bear, but it did take longer to realize how big it was. She said he called her and told her he thought it weighed about 300 pounds.

The DNR was called immediately and Conservation Warden Jim Cleven responded.

A skid steer was taken to the field, and the bear was lifted up so that it could be dressed out.

"With the lights ... we could see that it was a pretty big bear," Phyllis said. "But we had no idea until the locker plant put it on a scale that it weighed as much as it did."

The bear was taken to the Augusta Locker Plant to be prepared for mounting. It was there that the animal was first weighed and measured.

Field dressed, the bear weighed in at 618 pounds and measured 7 feet from head to tail.

The Schloughs were told at the locker that they could add 80 to 100 pounds, depending on the size animal, to reach an approximate actual weight.

"So we figure that bear had to weigh at least 700. We figure 700 to 720," Phyllis said.

It's too early to tell if the massive animal will break any records since the skull has to be dried for 60 days before it can be scored.
Phyllis says they believe it has the potential to break the state mark and will probably break the Dunn County record.

DNR wildlife specialist Jess Carstens said, "This is a thing that, for whatever reason, is happening quite regularly that [bears] are denning up in the middle of fields and corn fields seem to be particularly common . due to the amount of debris from harvesting the corn that's on the ground. There's a little more stuff to pull in on top of them as they snuggle into the hole that they've dug.."

Phyllis reported that they frequently see bears on their land. And she said she recently saw a sow and cub in a corn field that was being harvested.

After paying $75 to keep the bear, Neil is having the bear full-body mounted by Tom Persons, owner of TP Taxidermy.

"He's hardly ever had time to hunt or fish or anything because of farming," Phyllis said of Neil. " And so, he's going to keep the bear, and he's going to have it mounted. He's really proud of his trophy.."

She said they were told by Persons that he'll have to use a grizzly bear form to mount the bear because there aren't black bear mounts big enough to do the job.

Person reportedly also believes the bear to be 15 to 20 years old, but a tooth will be pulled during the mounting process to determine its age..

According to , male bears can reach 660 pounds, but exceptionally large males can weigh up to 800 pounds.

Phyllis said Neil was recently trying to come up with a name for the huge animal that will soon occupy a large amount of space somewhere in their home.

"I thought this was kind of funny. He said, 'I'm going to name that thing Hercules.' ... I thought Hercules for that bear was a good name."

Don't forget to leave your comments and let me know what you think. I think I am leaning toward this one being true, but I could be wrong.

~ Ben G.
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The Hunter's Wife said...

I say fake. But what do I know?!

Anonymous said...

It looks real and if it is a truly huge animal!

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Ben G. said...

Ok I have an update from another fellow blogger Kari from I don't Wear Pink Camo to the Woods said this whole thing went down about 45 min. from where she lives. It turns out the Bear is real but it was shot illegally. Here is a link to the story

Don't for get to Check out Kari's blog She has tons of good stuff

Thanks for the info Kari

ArborView said...

That sucks it was illegally shot. The picture does look kinda weird, it looks like the bear is just floating in the air without any straps around it!

Anonymous said...

No problem Ben and your very welcome!

It was sad for me to watch this unfold because I for one, would have loved to seen this bear taken by a hunter, not a poacher. That bear is the kind animal those of us who hunt them dream of.

Rebecca said...

They don't make 'em that big in Idaho. The last bear I shot was considered big by Idaho standards and next to that monster, mine would look like Winnie the Pooh.

Illegally shot? Thats sad, really sad!

Glad you shared this though~

Biazzio said...

It is all about hunting ethics, some people just don't have them.

Tom Hron said...

I saw one that big taken by a hunter from St. Cloud, Minnesota ten or more years ago. He'd never hunted bear before, didn't know what he was doing, yet shot a monster black bear near Cloquet. You can't beat beginner's luck.

Viagra Online said...

hmm I do not believe that that picture is real, There are many photos out there that have been modified using Photoshop in order to fool people and have fun, nice work though!

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