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You might've thought Hollywood would've replaced all live animals used in movies with fancy CGI graphics by now, but sometimes only a real, live predatory animal can fill the screen with the awe and menace required. Unfortunately, a dangerous, wild predator can still be deadly know matter how well-trained it is: Rocky, a 7 1/2 foot tall, 700 pound grizzly bear that wrestled Will Ferrell in the comedy "Semi-Pro" killed one of his trainers with a bite to the neck yesterday. The incident occurred on the grounds of the Predators in Action wild animal training center in the San Bernardino mountains east of Los Angeles.
Three experienced handlers were working with the grizzly Tuesday at the Predators in Action wild animal training center when the bear attacked Stephan Miller, 39, said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Beavers.Since the attack happened outside of the California Department of Fish and Game's jurisdiction, officials aren't sure whether the 5-year-old bear will be euthanized or not. In a sadly prophetic interview with the San Bernardino Sun, owner Randy Miller described Rocky as "the best working bear in the business," but added, "if one of these animals gets a hold of your throat, you're finished."
Stephan Miller is the cousin of training center owner Randy Miller, she said.
Pepper spray was used to subdue and contain the bear, and there were no other injuries, Beavers said. Paramedics arriving shortly after the initial emergency call around 3 p.m. were unable to revive Stephan Miller.
My dad has a paranoid fear of bears. So much so that he — a lifelong city dweller and non-gun owner — bought not one, but two shotguns to take with him to the wilderness cabin he built in the Sangre De Cristo mountains of Colorado. You know, in case one of them fails when the inevitable Ursine Uprising of 2009 happens.
"The probability is the bear spray will outperform a firearm and it's easy to see why. The spray is easy to deploy. The rifle is just difficult to use," Smith said. Stopping a charging bear with bullets required, on average, four hits.Smith and Herrero's team studied 600 attacks over 20 years in Alaska and factored in newspaper accounts, anecdotes and reports from wildlife agencies to determine the bears' activity before being sprayed, distance involved, time of day, wind, mechanical problems and spray dosage. In the 72 instances that employed bear spray, 150 people were involved, and only three reported injuries — none of which required hospitalization.