Not everyone can say that the best “man” at their wedding was a grizzly bear. But then again Casey Anderson isn’t just anyone. Best known for his “America Wild” TV show on National Geographic’s WILD channel, Anderson adopted his BFF Brutus after rescuing him as a cub from being euthanized. Since then he has gained rare insight on how the bears behave including being able to recognize their individual personalities and range of emotions. It also helped the naturalist/animal tracker follow grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park at night, where he was able to observe never before seen behavior, and inspired him to create his Montana Grizzly Encounter Rescue and Education Sanctuary in Bozeman.
Founded in 2004, the sanctuary not only provides rescued bears refuge, but also enables the public to observe them “close-up” in their natural habitat.
“All of our bears were born in unfortunate captive situations and could NEVER be released into the wild We give the bears the best possible life here at the sanctuary,” explained Anderson.
Grizzlies, however, are not the only dangerous animals to cross his path. In fact, Anderson noted that one of his most harrowing experiences occurred when he was charged by two extremely large moose while filming an episode for his show in Alaska.
“Moose are more dangerous than bears because they are more unpredictable,” he noted.
Readers can find out more about Casey Anderson’s exploits by tuning in to the second season of his show tomorrow night (August 18) at 10pm ET.
For more information about Montana Grizzly Encounter, contact them at 80 Bozeman Hill Rd., Bozeman, MT 59715 406 586-8893.