In the movie Shoot to Kill, there is a grizzly played by Bart the Bear. In The Edge, a Kodiak is played by Bart the Bear. Is it the same bear, and is Bart a Kodiak or a grizzly?
—Dennis Parry, South Ogden, Utah
The original Bart the Bear was a male Kodiak who died in 2000 at age 23. He starred in numerous movies, including The Edge, Legends of the Fall, The Bear, The Great Outdoors and White Fang. Another bear, also named Bart, played the grizzly in Shoot to Kill. Kodiak Bart, who stood nearly 10 feet tall and weighed 1,580 pounds, was owned and trained by Doug and Lynne Seus, who say that Bart's greatest role was as ambassador of the Vital Ground Foundation, which helps preserve bears and other animals through the conservation of habitat.