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Published on May 13, 2010

Bart was an Alaskan Kodiak bear who would become one of the great animal actors. Born in captivity, his destiny was not to live out his life in the unchanging confinement of a zoo, but to see the world. Adopted as a 5 lbs cub by Doug and Lynne Seus he would grow to 9 1/2 feet tall and 1500 lbs. His film career would take him from the Alps, to the wilderness of Alaska and all over the U.S. and Canada. He starred in such films as Clan of the Cave Bear, The Great Outdoors, Legends of the Fall, The Edge and this film, The Bear. The Bear, set and filmed in British Columbia, tells the story of an orphaned cub who befriends an adult male bear while trying to elude hunters. As male bears usually eat bear cubs the filmakers prepared Bart for the cub by having him play with a teddy bear the size and color of the cub and when introduced to the cub, greeted him affectionately.
The message of the film is more important than ever as there has been an increase in illegal poaching due to the big dollars involved in the bear organ trade, used in traditional Chinese medicine. Six of the eight bear species are in danger of extinction.
Edited with the music of Godspeed You Black Emperor - East Hastings.

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Vital Ground works to protect and restore habitat for wild grizzly populations in ecosystems where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated grizzly bear recovery zones and where state wildlife management agencies have placed an emphasis on conserving the species including key lands in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Vital Ground also partners with other organizations on projects in Alaska and British Columbia.

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