'BART the BEAR'
8PPP. "Bart the Bear" from the movie -- The Bear Ceremony is the climax of the Clan Gathering; hunters compete for the honor of being one of the three chosen to kill the bear. One was "chosen by Ursus to accompany him to the world of the spirits. He will help the Great Spirit intercede for us. The Spirit of the Great Cave Bear selects only the finest, the bravest, to travel with him." The complete Ceremony segment is found on p.404-10
BEAR trainer Doug Seus is a man who thinks nothing of play wrestling a grizzly bear - or posing with his head in its mouth. For the last four decades, Doug and wife Lynne have shared their ranch in the the Heber Valley, Utah, with their four bears: Bart the Bear 1, who died of cancer in 2000, brother and sister team Bart 2 and Honey Bump, and Tank....
Doug Seus works with Bart the Bear during a recent training session at their ranch in Heber City. Bart 2, seen here, and his predecessor, Big Bart, have an impressive list of movie credentials and helped start and continue to support Vital Ground, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving grizzly bear populations by conserving wildlife habitat. (Brett Prettyman | The Salt Lake Tribune)