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345kg bear shot in Longlac rivals Ontario record

A man from Longlac has killed a black bear that may be one of the largest ever taken in Ontario.
Longlac's Mike Gauthier "was baiting [for bear] ... north of town ... and I was only out there for an hour [when] this big boy came walking in and I took him." (Mike Gauthier)

A man from Longlac has killed a black bear that may be one of the largest ever shot in Ontario.

On Sept. 13, Mike Gauthier was sitting in his tree stand, just outside the town, when the giant bear came by and he shot it with his rifle.

"I heard him coming at the last second,” Gauthier recalled.

“I had a feeling that there was something circling me. I don't know if it was him or another bear. He come in and I thought I heard something and, there he was, coming straight in. He come in towards me and turned and I took him."

Gauthier said he knew the bear was large, but didn’t realize just how big it was until it was put on a scale.

“And the guys were saying this thing could be 800- 900 pounds,” he said.

The Foundation for Recognition of Ontario Wildife reports the largest bear it has on record was a road-killed animal estimated to weigh between 700- 800 pounds.

When he and his friend Bernie Baillargeon “put it up on the scale, [it was] 760 pounds,” or approximately 345 kilograms.

Gauthier aid the bear was skinned by a local taxidermist, and butchered.

But he noted his wife has already said he is not spending money on a giant bear mount.

"I was baiting there north of town, and it was only my second time out there on stand and I was only out there for an hour, and this big boy came walking in and I took him."

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