Almost seven hundred pounds of bruin is a lot of bear, and a new record for the state Maine.

From this story in the Bangor Daily News_:
__Guide Jim Webber knows he’s got a bunch of big black bears visiting his bait sites. In fact, he figures that of the 22 sites he’s maintaining this bear season, about 15 of them are being visited by bruins that weigh from 300 to 400 pounds. Two other sites, Webber said, are frequented by even bigger bears. How big? “Almost as big as that one,” he said, referring to bear that one of his hunters, Pennsylvanian Matt Knox, took on Friday. Or, as they’ll begin calling it as soon as the paperwork is completed, almost as big as Matt Knox’s state-record black bear._

According to the story, Knox, who had never before been bear hunting, shot the massive bear over a bait pile on Friday. The bear’s 699lb. weight surpasses the old state record by almost twenty pounds.
Stay tuned for more details and photos of this amazing trophy!_