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  1.  (1940.1)
    Three experienced handlers were working with the bear at Randy Miller's Predators in Action facility 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.

    Sheriff's Sgt. Dave Phelps said the bear was a five-year-old male named Rocky. The Predators in Action Web site says Rocky is 7.5 feet (230 centimeters) tall, weighs 700 pounds (317 kilograms), and appeared in a scene in Semi-Pro, in which actor Will Ferrell's character wrestles a bear to promote his basketball team.

    During the filming for Semi-Pro, the grizzly bear seemed to obediently follow cues—which made its killing of its trainer with a bite to the neck all the more stunning.

    Richards, of the Moonridge Zoo, said, "You can train them and use as many safety precautions as you can, but you're still taking a chance if you're putting yourself in contact with them."

    "It's still a wild animal. Even though it may appear that the bear attacked for no reason, there was a reason," she said.

    "I'm sure Randy understands why it happened. They're not cold-blooded killers."

    Native grizzly bears are extinct in California.


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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2008 edited
     (1940.2)
    That really sucks, but I'm still going to laugh at the fact that the facility is called Predators In Action.
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      CommentAuthorroque
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd 2008
     (1940.3)
    I guess I'm a terrible person, because I immediately thought of this:

    Gloomy Bear
  2.  (1940.4)
    I really can't feel bad for people that go down this way. Sure, it's a shame, but you should no better than to fuck around with beasts. Just look at what happened to Roy after all those years with tigers.
  3.  (1940.5)
    Grizzly Bear Kills Trainer; Was Seen as "A fucking Grizzly Bear!"
    fixed that for you.

    Honestly... I don't have it in me to feel bad for the guy.
  4.  (1940.6)
    He got what was coming to him. Seriously, it was bound to happen. Eventually, wild animals tend to freak the fuck out on there slave holders, I mean, trainers. They usually beat the shit out of the animals to keep them in line.
  5.  (1940.7)
    Training and working with animals is hard work. Large predators are dangerous, because they are LARGE PREDATORS. And sometimes things happen, or they don't hold back. Even a play bite from a large animal could be lethal to a puny human. Heck. My 12lb housecat sprained my neck with an attack hug -purring the whole time. Did she mean to hurt me? No. She just was enthusiastic saying hello to me after work.
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      CommentAuthorJehrot
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
     (1940.8)
    County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Beavers


    Obviously wasted in her job with a name like that.
  6.  (1940.9)
    Randy Miller plus Cindy Beavers equals 'shake that bear' moment?

    *slinks away in horror at own capacity for inappropriate humour*
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      CommentAuthorRabbit
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
     (1940.10)
    I think when trainers work with a specific animal for a long time, such as in the case of Roy, they start to trust them if they've never previously had a problem, and thus might do something that accidentally sets of an instinctual response from the animal. Or, vice versa, the animal starts to see the human beings as just being funny looking versions of themselves, and just don't know how soft and squishy we humans really are. A lot of times though, shit just happens, and it's usually ends up with serious injury and death.

    I'm going to go giggle at the 'Cindy Beavers' comments now. Hee!
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      CommentAuthorCCosker
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
     (1940.11)
    Roque, is that the guy who did the Steve Ditko documentary?

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