The grizzly is a powerfully built bear with long, thick hair that varies in color from dark brown to pale yellowish-brown. The body is massive and thick, with a prominent hump on the shoulders and a huge head supported by a short, muscular neck.
The grizzly is one of the finest hunting trophies on the North American continent. (Theodore Roosevelt considered it the top trophy.) For a big bear with a big skull, one should search the salmon rivers of British Columbia or of Alaska north of Unit 18. Interior or mountain grizzlies run smaller than the coastal salmon-eaters because they have less to eat. (Observing a grizzly eating berries on a mountainside, one wonders how the nourishment obtained can possibly compensate for the energy expended.) Interior grizzlies make up for their lack of size by having a beautiful coat of long, thick hair that comes in a variety of colors. Here are the Top Common Grizzly entries from the SCI Record Book.
The number 11 grizzly was taken by Dale Francar in 2000 with the help of guide Mark Warren of Stony River Lodge. It measures 27″.
Also in at number 10 is this grizzly taken by Jim Warmington Jr. in 2013 in Stony River, Alaska. It measures 27 2/16″.
Kenneth Maxwell is in at number 10 with this grizzly taken in 2012 near the Tasnuna River, Alaska. It measures 27 2/16″.
Also in at number 9 is this big grizzly taken in 2012 by Margretta Wilkert near Stony River, Alaska. It measures 27 3/16″.
The number 9 grizzly was taken by Ted Kurdziel in 1991 in Alaska. It measures 27 3/16″.
The three way tie for number 8 ranking is this big grizzly taken by Eric Sellas in 2008 with the help of guide Arno Krumm of Stony River Lodge. It measures 27 6/16″.
John Stewart Newton also checks in with a number 8 ranked grizzly taken in 2001. it measures 27 6/16″.
David Malzac holds the number 8 spot with this grizzly taken in 1998 near Clear, Alaska. it measures 27 6/16″
This number 7 ranked grizzly was taken by Herman Storey in the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska in 1983. It measures 27 7/16″.
The number 6 grizzly was taken by Rod Debias in 2009 in Alaska with the help of guide Don Styles. it measures 27 8/16″.
Chris Sawyer holds one of the number 4 slots with this big bear taken in 2005 near the Holitna River, Alaska. it measures 27 12/16″.
The number 3 grizzly belongs to Kevin Rayner. It was taken in 2004 near the Holitna River, Alaska with the help of Westwind Guide Service. it measures 27 15/16″.
Jerry Sartin has the number 2 grizzly taken in Alaska with the help of guide Joe Mott. It measuress 08 3/16″ and was taken in 2001.
Robert Steed holds the number 1 position with this big grizzly taken in 2013 with Stony River Lodge in Alaska. It measures 28 4/16″.