Screen Shot 2013-01-02 at 9.41.41 AMLast November Robert Christian shot this massive black bear in eastern Pennsylvania. The bruin’s skull scored 23 9/16 inches, making it the biggest bear ever taken by a hunter. Gayne Young breaks the story on this world record.

Forget Alaska and put Minnesota out of your mind, the largest black bears in North America are found in Pennsylvania. Just ask Robert Christian. The black bear he took in the Keystone State this November will likely be the new Boone & Crockett record. While the bear is not the heaviest bruin ever taken, he has an enormous skull scoring 23 9/16 inches, making it the biggest black bear ever taken by a hunter. Check out this gallery as we break the story of Christian’s hunt and show never-before-seen photos of the potential new world record bear.

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