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The “Bear Man of Russia” Talks Grizzlies with Montanans

May 16, 2008

Bozeman, MT – The Bear Man of Russia is sharing grizzly details in Montana today, debunking some of what he says are myths about grizzly bears' unprovoked attacks on humans. Charlie Russell lived with grizzlies on a Russian peninsula for 11 years, and he claims that when bears have positive experiences with people, they can be trusted not to be violent. He says the problem is that bears are constantly harassed, shot at, and hazed in the U.S.

"I want to change the way they’re managed. We often manage them out of our fear, rather than out of how they really are."

Russell rescued, raised and released orphaned grizzly bear cubs in Russia, and says the grizzlies came to see that he was not a threat.

"Female bears that would see me with cubs would start taking advantage of me by leaving their cubs for me to babysit."

Russell says he understands the challenges facing bear managers, especially since tourists and others in the back country tend to shoot first when they have a surprise encounter with a bear. He's researching on ways bears and humans can more peacefully coexist and is celebrating National Be Bear Aware Month in May.

Russell will deliver his presentation at 7:00 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. Bear education activities continue Saturday at the Watershed Festival at the fish hatchery across from the "M" trailhead on Bridger Canyon Drive.

Deborah Smith/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - MT