Meet the man who wrestles grizzly bears for fun

2014-01-22 11:56

Man puts head in grizzly bear's mouth

2014-01-22 12:33

How many people can say that they've wrestled a bear and would do it again? Doug Seus can. WATCH

Utah - What would you do if you found yourself facing a grizzly bear?

For North American animal trainer, Doug Seus, this is a frequent occurrence.  Doug doesn’t even break a sweat when he’s standing with his head wedged between the teeth of this rather furry fellow. For him, it’s just another day at work.  

Grizzly bears are certainly not on the list of animals to mess around with. Right up there with lions and tigers, on a scale of quite harmless to extremely dangerous, these animals are North America’s deadly predators. Their omnivorous diet largely consists of small and large mammals and fruit, depending on its habitat. They can be found in various habitats, in Canada, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Washington.

With over forty years experience in training animals, Doug is no stranger to the possibility of danger when it comes to his chosen field of expertise. He is the founder of Wasatch Rocky Mountain Wildlife, which began as a service to train canines, cats, horses and wolves; later, expanding to the training of animals such as coyotes, deers, raccoons, hawks and eagles.

Doug's first student bear was none other than academy award nominee, Bart the Bear, who featured in more than 10 major motion pictures throughout his life.

Bart died peacefully at the age of 23, in 2000. 

The Success of Bart the Bear spurred Doug on to train more Bears, like Tank, Bart the Bear 2, and Honey bump, as well as several wolves. 

Take a look at this footage of Doug wrestling one of his student bears.

What's you opinion on animals being reared in captivity as a source of entertainment - Do you frequent petting zoos or reserves during your travels or is it something you're gravely against. Tells us in the comments seciton below or email us at

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