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Films Look at Life of Kamchatka Grizzly Bears

January 11, 2011 7:09 AM | Entertainment

By Tyler Sutherland

A Kamchatka bear is spotted in the spring. (WIKIPEDIA)

A documentary looking at the lives of grizzly bears will run Tuesday, January 18 at Winnipeg’s Millennium Library.

The 90-minute film examines what many consider to be one of the most dangerous animals in the world.

“The Edge of Eden: Living with the Grizzlies,” and a shorter 50-minute version, “The Bear Man of Kamchatka,” will give Winnipeggers the opportunity to learn about the work of Canadian author and naturalist Charlie Russell.

Russel has rescued cubs from Russian zoos and released them into a sanctuary at the tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula for 10 years. Both documentaries showcase Russell as he becomes a surrogate parent and teaches the bears to survive in the wild.

Russell will personally introduce the films and answer any questions following the presentations.

“The Bear Man of Kamchatka” will show from noon to 1:30 p.m., with “The Edge of Eden: Living with Grizzlies” showing from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both films are in the Carol Shields Auditorium.

Tickets are $10 at the door, or can be reserved by calling the Manitoba Eco-Network at (204) 947-6511. Limited free tickets are available to those needing financial assistance by calling the library at (204) 986-4255.