STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Grizzly Bears Bound for Sportsmen's & Outdoor Recreation Show

Among the stars of this year's Sportsmen's & Outdoor Recreation Show on February 22-24 are Yogi, Lea, and Teddy — an Alaskan grizzly, a Kodiak brown bear and a black bear, respectively.

Posted: Feb 20, 2019 3:04 PM
Updated: Feb 20, 2019 3:49 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Three bears will be a focal feature of this year's Sportsmen's & Outdoor Recreation Show at the Jackson County Expo — and unlike the bears of fable, these ones are very real.

8-year-old male Alaskan grizzly "Yogi," 2-year-old female Kodiak brown bear "Lea," and 1-year-old black bear "Teddy" together form A Grizzly Experience, under the watchful eyes of their trainers, Dexter and Megan Osborn.

Admission to the 19th annual NewsWatch 12 Sportsmen's & Outdoor Recreation Show

  • Adults: $8 ($6.00 with Bi-Mart $2.00 off coupon, good Friday & Sunday only)
  • Children 6-11: $1.00
  • Children 5 & Under: FREE
  • Seniors 65 and up admitted FREE on Friday from 5-9 PM, with the coupon from the Mail Tribune, courtesy of Seven Feathers Casino Resort.

ATM on site. Every paid adult patron can get Northwest Sportsman magazine FREE for 1 year!

“We’ll talk about bear safety, the biology and anatomy of bears, different species of bears,” said Dexter Osborn. “And we’ll give everybody a close-up look at the bears.”

The Osborns describe A Grizzly Experience as an educational bear exhibit. The bears and their trainers will make a few appearances each day, with the bears showing "many of their natural behaviors." Meanwhile, visitors will learn about bear safety, what people should do if they encounter a bear in the wild, the different bear species in North America, and how bears are trained to appear in movies.

“All of the training is done through positive reinforcement, mutual respect, mutual trust,” said Osborn. “You start them at a young age and develop a daily routine for them. They’re just like raising kids.”

The Osborns said that they have had the 7' tall, 600-pound Yogi since he was just an 8-month-old cub. He had been born in a Georgia facility that did not have the room to keep him. The couple got Lea at 9-months-old for a similar reason after the bear was born in captivity in Indiana.

At 32-years-old, Osborn has been training and working with animals since he began helping at a small zoo near his home in Florida at the age of 12. He has has worked with alligators, snakes, elephants and big cats — but he says that his favorite animal has always been the bear.

“Bears are extremely intelligent animals,” he said. “You learn something new with them every day."

Article Comments

Medford
Few Clouds
87° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 87°
Brookings
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 70°
Crater Lake
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 80°
Grants Pass
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 88°
Klamath Falls
Clear
80° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 80°
Increasing Westside Clouds Tonight
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

GP 'Close the Camps' Rally

Image

Grants Pass "Close the Camps" rally

Image

Wednesday, July 17 afternoon weather

Image

Search and rescue for teens

Image

Wednesday, July 17 morning weather

Image

Ashland City Council forced to push vote on ID ordinance

Image

Tuesday, July 16th Evening Weather

Image

Daily J! - Celeb Birthdays

Image

OLCC doubles liquor license fee this fall

Image

In the Kitchen: Russian Dressing