Archive for Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Grizzly bear kills trainer

April 23, 2008


— A grizzly bear killed a trainer Tuesday at a private facility for exotic animals used in movies and television, authorities said.

Three experienced handlers were working with the bear at Randy Miller's Predators in Action facility near Big Bear Lake when the bear bit 39-year-old Stephan Miller on the neck, said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Beavers. Stephan Miller is Randy's cousin, she said.

The center's staff used pepper spray to subdue and contain the bear and there were no other injuries, she said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Dave Phelps said the bear was a 5-year-old male named Rocky. The Predators in Action Web site says Rocky is 7 1/2 feet tall, weighs 700 pounds and appeared in a scene in "Semi-Pro" in which Will Ferrell's character wrestles a bear to promote his basketball team. Randy Miller doubled for Ferrell in the bear wrestling match, according to the Web site.


Confrontation 10 years ago

Note to self: Bears are wild animals. They can bite. Don't mess with them.

Eric Neuteboom 10 years ago

"I immediately regret my decision!"~ Ron Burgandy

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