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Wisconsin man may have set record with black bear

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HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- A northwestern Wisconsin man may have set a state record with a 648-pound black bear killed last week.

The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/pPJegH ) that Lon Feia had been hunting for more than a month on his Hudson Township property before shooting and killing the 7-foot-2-inch bear Oct. 9.

The record for a bear's weight is 727 pounds.

But Paul Sickman, a conservation warden for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, says the official record is determined by a bear's dried-skull measurements. The skull would have to have a combined length and width of more than 20 inches.

A taxidermist measured the width and length of the bear head for a total of 28 inches, although that measurement will shrink when the skull has dried.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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