‘Grizzly Adams’ Bear

Celebrity Q&A
January 5, 2013

Did the television classic use live animals?

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Was that a real grizzly bear that Dan Haggerty worked with on his “Grizzly Adams” TV series?
—Delaine Owens, Lincoln, Neb.

Yes. Playing the frontiersman’s pet bear, Ben, was a female grizzly named Bozo. “She was my girlfriend and my best friend and one of best animals I ever worked with,” said Haggerty, 70, who worked for years as an animal trainer with eagles, lions and wolves before starring in the 1977-1978 TV series. The native of Pound, Wis., is involved in getting the second season of “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams” ready for its February release on DVD.

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