Arrowhead Ice Fishing Show Offers Up Close Look At Grizzly Bears


Next to the permanent ice fishing trailers and the giant inflatable snow globe in DECC’s Pioneer Hall is a large enclosure containing two grizzly bears.

Yogi, an 8-year-old Alaskan grizzly weighing around 700 pounds, and Lea, a 3-year-old grizzly weighing around 250 pounds, are part of the Grizzly Experience exhibit at this weekend’s Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show.

Dexter Osborn, owner of A Grizzly Experience based in Naples, Fla., Said during the show that the bears will come out and “play and have fun” while he and his handlers talk about bear safety, how to tell the difference between the different species of bears and what to do if you encounter a bear in the wild.

“It’s a strictly educational show,” said Osborn, who also owns Grizzly Ranch and Florida Black Bear Rescue. “It also allows our customers to see these wonderful animals up close.”

At the end of the show, spectators will have the chance to purchase a “bear kebab”, which is an extra-long stick that includes some of the bear’s favorite treats like grapes, strawberries and marshmallows, and give them to Yogi and Lea. . Proceeds from the bear skewers will go to the Osborn Bear Rescue Ranch, which has seven bears, wolves and other rescue animals.

A Grizzly Experience will have shows Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Arrowhead Ice Fishing and Winter Show will run through Sunday at 4 p.m. . 13 years and over. Children 12 and under are free.

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