• Ted Winnen, who shot the bear, was an airman with the U.S. Air Force, not a Forest Service employee.
    • The bear was large, but not a "world record 12 feet6 inches high at the shoulder" and weighing "over one thousand six hundred pounds." The ursine bagged by Mr. Winnen measured 10 feet, 6 inches from nose to tail and its weight was estimated at between 1,000 to 1,200 pounds -- an extraordinarily large bear for the Prince William Sound area (about double the average size), but not a world record.
    • The bear was coming towards Winnen and his hunting partner from about 10 yards away, but nobody knows for sure whether it was "charging them." According to the two hunters, the bear may not even have been aware of their presence.
    • Winnen bagged the bear with a .338-caliber Winchester Magnum, not a "7mm Mag Semi-auto."

    The North American Bear Center also debunked the exaggerated claims June 8, 2003, on its site website bear.org. The organization said it called officials in Alaska for confirmation.

    "You wouldn't believe the number of calls we've received about that story," said Willow Gaber of the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game. "It's amazing how stories can change once they circulate around the Internet."

    Nor was it a killer bear, the site reported. Another Fish and Game official told the site:

    "That bear wasn't responsible for killing any humans."

    As for the real record-breaking bear, it's under glass, said bear.org.

    The true world-record Alaskan brown bear still stands, exhibited in a glass case at the Anchorage Airport. ... (I)t was taken in the 1960's and weighed around 1,700 pounds.