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Wilstem Announces Jeff "The Bear Man" And His Two Famous Grizzlies Coming To Wilstem
Updated July 10, 2018 8:18 AM
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(FRENCH LICK) - Wilstem, in French Lick, is excited to announce some famous friends will be joining the Wilstem family. Jeff "the bear man" Watson and his two famous grizzlies Bob and Screech will be joining their family and offering Grizzly Encounters this fall.

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Jeff Watson has been a bear handler for more than 28 years. Bob and Screech, two 700 pound grizzlies, have been in his care since they were just babies. They have been featured on a 6-part documentary on Animal Planet called Project Grizzly as well as Discovery Channel's Porter Ridge. Jeff, Bob, and Screech will be offering encounters at Wilstem focused on the education of bear safety.

Hundreds of bears are killed each year after interaction with humans. Wilstem's fun, educational seminars will teach you how to keep yourself and bears safe from these unfortunate situations. These skills can be utilized when hiking, camping, or fishing where you may encounter bears. Things such as not leaving a backpack unattended, cooking on a fire away from your campsite, and keeping your sleeping gear free of food odors are simple lessons that can help keep you and bears safe.

The 10 acre natural habitat featuring earth, grass, and trees with a stream and waterfall will open this fall 2018. For updated information, please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or check back at

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