Monster Bear Killed by Combine

A picture has been making its rounds on social media. It depicts a gigantic black bear with the caption claiming it came to its demise by way of a farmer’s combine. I did a little research into it and it turns out it is 100% true. The 700 pound bruin was in fact killed by a combine back in 2008.

According to the Dunn county News, Neil Schlough of Boyceville, Wisconsin was harvesting corn on his farm. When his combine struck a large object. His combine lurched, and he investigated.

“He stepped out of the combine and saw that he had hit an animal,” Neil’s wife told reporters. “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 bear was struck  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.

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.

The DNR was called immediately and Conservation Warden Jim Cleven responded and issued a salvage tag.

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

The Schloughs were told  that they could add 80 to 100 pounds, depending on the size animal, to reach an approximate actual weight.  They figure that bear had a live weight at least 700.

So yes that monster bear you have been seeing pictures of was killed by a combine.