Craig native Richard Kendall, 56, stands with the rifle he used to kill his trophy 703-pound black bear Nov. 20. Kendall said he has been hunting his whole life, but is not sure he’ll be able to top his recent kill. Brian Smith
The skull of the 703-pound black bear shot by Richard Kendall is shown here. Kendall said he has been hunting for big black bears his whole life, but has never gotten one until now. Brian Smith
Richard Kendall poses with his trophy black bear Nov. 20 in the Wilson Creek area of Moffat County. Kendall went into the bear’s cave and shot the animal twice. Brian Smith
Craig resident Richard Kendall, left, stands with the 703-pound black bear he killed Nov. 20. After tracking the bear with a friend, Kendall crawled into the bear’s cave and shot it from about six feet away. He said it took about 45 minutes to pull the bear out of the cave, with help from three friends.
Craig resident Richard Kendall, 56, stands Wednesday with the skull of a 703-pound male black bear he shot Nov. 20 in the Wilson Creek area of Moffat County. Kendall said the bear could be a state record. He said his skull measured 22 and 5/8 inches, while the current state record measures 22 and 9/16 inches. Brian Smith
Richard Kendall, 56, holds the head of the 703-pound black bear he killed Nov. 20 in the Wilson Creek area of Moffat County. Kendall hopes the kill will be the new state record for a black bear.