The last grizzly killed in Colorado
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cnelk 27-Dec-17
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Grunter 27-Dec-17
Irishman 27-Dec-17
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Mpdh 27-Dec-17
COHOYTHUNTER 27-Dec-17
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LINK 28-Dec-17
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Starfire 28-Dec-17
TBD 30-Dec-17
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Thornton 30-Dec-17
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From: cnelk
27-Dec-17

cnelk's Link
A great read

See link

From: kota-man
27-Dec-17
What a story!

From: Kurt
27-Dec-17
I knew Ed Wiseman, he was a CBA Member and came to our banquets in the 70s and 80s. He usually shot a Chastain Wapiti recurve. Really a big, tough bear of a man, but a very nice guy! Glad to hear he is still alive, or was recently. If anyone could survive the attack and kill the bear, it was Ed.

Good he had fixed blade heads in his quiver or he may not have gotten adequate penetration with hand thrust expandable heads! Had to throw that in!

From: trublucolo
27-Dec-17
wow!

From: Grunter
27-Dec-17
Thanks for sharing that, one tough guy! Amazing he survived

From: Irishman
27-Dec-17
Great story. Also a great example of how screwed up the government is when they investigate a grizzly killing. Almost dying from the wounds isn't enough justification for some people.

From: Ben
27-Dec-17
I meant Ed also. He was a great guy and was much maligned over the killing of the bear. He spoke at a Kansas Bowhunter meeting. He talked with many of us separately and I'm sure everything happened as he said. Not many people could have survived an encounter with a grizzly like he did.

From: Mpdh
27-Dec-17
Article about this was in Bowhunter magazine in the 80s. It was thought that there were no grizzlies left in Colorado at the time.

From: COHOYTHUNTER
27-Dec-17
Just like there are no wolves in Colorado... Hard to believe when both grizzlies and wolves are in surrounding states.. it's not like Wyoming is that far away and Colorado had some magical bear and wolf deterrent at the state line

From: COHOYTHUNTER
27-Dec-17
Just like there are no wolves in Colorado... Hard to believe when both grizzlies and wolves are in surrounding states.. it's not like Wyoming is that far away and Colorado had some magical bear and wolf deterrent at the state line

From: Bowboy
27-Dec-17
Amazing story. True tough guy!

From: Quinn @work
27-Dec-17
Back in January 1992 I saw a wolf just south of Eagle. Got a good look at it for 5 minutes in my binoculars from 300 yards away. I second guessed myself the entire time but could not come up with any reason why it was a coyote. It was not. I reported it to the CPW and the Forest Service and they acted like they didn't want to even acknowledge it. Even gave them the exact location and they chose not to investigate even the tracks left in the fresh snow.

From: Glunt@work
28-Dec-17
The sow was estimated at 20 years old and the necropsy showed she had given birth to cubs at some point. It was the first confirmed grizzly since the 50's. If she came from Wyoming, she traveled a good distance since this took place in southern Colorado.

From: Bou'bound
28-Dec-17
Bowhunter magazine had an article about that in the early 80's and it was as amazing reading it then as it is now.

Anyone 80 years old who deals with Walmart shoppers every day is certainly tough enough to survive a grizzly attack,

From: Rob in VT
28-Dec-17
A good read. A buddy of mine was involved in the air drop.

28-Dec-17
Crazy stuff.

From: Ironbow
28-Dec-17
I had talked to Ed a few months before his bear attack about doing a bear hunt with him. About as nice of a guy I had ever talked to.

He had a client tell him he saw a grizzly, and Ed didn't believe him. There were no grizzlies in Colorado. Ed also reported his camp got thrashed twice with enormous bear prints that made him wonder, but again, there were no grizzlies in Colorado.

Always wondered what happened to him.

From: 76aggie
28-Dec-17
Hard to believe the incident was that long ago.

From: yooper89
28-Dec-17
What a story. First time I'd read it. That's one tough SOB.

From: Destroyer350
28-Dec-17
Adam Greentree was hunting down in southern Colorado this past year. He would post short videos on his Instagram when he got service. He was way back in this basin and took some great video of a grizzly. I watched the video a few times and there is no doubt that it was a grizzly.

From: LINK
28-Dec-17
Maybe it was her 38 year old cub. ;)

From: Paul@thefort
28-Dec-17
Here is some additional info concerning Ed and the bear. After the attack an artist made a small bronze cast of the attack ( 22 in. in length or so), ie, Ed on this back with arrow in hand, compound bow on the ground, and the bear standing over him. An Wyoming rancher purchased the art piece and had it at his ranch until he died years later. His wife thinking the piece should be back in Colorado presented it to the Division of Wildlife at least 20 years ago. One of the CBA members made a stand for the bronze art piece, (under glass) and then presented it to Ed at the CBA banquet. I believe the bronze is now at the CPW headquarters in Denver.

So here is another grizzly story of Colorado. A past wildlife commissioner and rancher while guiding his friend on a sheep hunt, both saw that they thought was a grizzly and two cubs in southern Colorado. Both had hunted grizzlies before and actually, the sheep hunter was an Alaska guide who had guided bear hunter and knew what a grizzly looked like. They contacted the DOW and they investigated the area, but no tracks or hair (dna) was found. Grizzles still in Colorado. MAYBE or maybe not.

From: Starfire
28-Dec-17
I thought I was pretty tough for finishing off a deer with a knife once. This guy has more tough in his little finger than most of us combined. Maybe we should start changing all those tough Chuck Norris memes to Ed Wiseman memes like "Death Once had near Ed experience".

From: TBD
30-Dec-17

From: TBD
30-Dec-17
Greetings, I used to work for the USFS and guide hunts for Mike Murphy in the San Juans over out of Durango, but did some time out of Pagosa as well. A guy named David Peterson wrote a book about this bear attack. He used to come up to our camp to hang out and do a little hunting during bow season. I live back in VT now, but I think David is still in Durango and works with Backcountry hunters/anglers? Tim

From: Thornton
30-Dec-17
Good story! I though the last grizzly was 'Old Mose' back at the start of the 1900's. I had no idea it was 1979. But then again, I still think there are a few in Colorado.

From: Bou'bound
30-Dec-17
why wouldn't there be. They are in Wyoming. clearly a few could meander down. other animals ( ex: cougars) go further from well established populations than that across the US.

From: Jaquomo
30-Dec-17
We've had a collared wolverine in CO for several years. Came down from Idaho and hung around my place for a season before going further south toward Leadville, then headed back our direction. The batteries in his collar finally ran out.

If wolves and wolverines make it down here from the GYE, no reason why some grizz wouldnt too.

From: Cobie33
30-Dec-17
The name of Petersen's book is "Ghost Grizzlies". It's a great read specifically about Colorado Grizzlies including Mr. Wiseman's encounter as well as others encounters during the 20th century. The book also contains 9 pages of photos.

From: GregE
30-Dec-17
Tough story, tougher guy!!

From: fubar racin
01-Jan-18
jaq i remember that, i read an article awhile back he was killed in the Dakota's. M56 i think was his name.

From: fubar racin
01-Jan-18
yes m56 heres the link if i can do it right... https://www.denverpost.com/2016/05/11/colorado-wolverine-that-went-missing-confirmed-killed-in-north-dakota/

From: TGbow
01-Jan-18
What a story!

From: Franzen
01-Jan-18
Has anyone read the book? Is it well-enough written to be worthwhile instead of just reading the short article?

From: Mark Watkins
01-Jan-18
crazy story about one tough guy!

Mark

From: Topgun 30-06
01-Jan-18
That happened in the fall of 1979 while I was in the midst of planning a deer/elk combo hunt not too far west of there for 1980. Needless to say my entire time up in that area was spent more wondering if I would be the next grizzly victim than having a good hunt. That part of CO is some wild country and I have no doubt that there could still be other grizzlies there.

From: swampokie
02-Jan-18
I ordered the book yesterday it should be here by the end of the week. Cant wait

From: DartonJager
02-Jan-18
I distinctly remember reading that story the year it was published. Recall Mr. Wiesman saying he had seen what he had seen some impressive bear tracks he simply assumed were made by huge black bears that after the attack caused him to reconsider. And yes it is completely insane the way the Feds treated him . Am I recalling accurately the feds told him consider himself either under suspicion of illegally killing and endangered and federally protected species or actually placed him under arrest pending the outcome of the investigation. Been a long time so I don't remember. Few hunters would have survived that encounter let alone been able to be of the presence of mind to act and kill a mature grizzly, save for AK, the largest and most powerful predator in all of NA.

From: Pig Doc
02-Jan-18
Ghost Grizzlies is a great read. I read it before elk hunting in that area of Colorado this past September. Really added to the experience of being in that country.

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