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Wilstem Ranch Announces Grizzly Encounters!


July 6, 2018 French Lick, Indiana –Wilstem is excited to announce that we have some famous friends that will be joining the Wilstem family!  Jeff “the bear man” Watson and his two famous grizzlies Bob and Screech will be offering Grizzly Encounters starting this fall!

Jeff Watson has been a bear handler for over 28 years.  Bob and Screech, two 700 pound grizzlies, have been in his care since they were just babies.  They have been featured on a 6-part documentary on Animal Planet called Project Grizzly as well as Discovery Channel’s Porter Ridge.  Jeff, Bob, and Screech will be offering encounters at Wilstem focused on the education of bear safety.  Hundreds of bears are killed each year after interaction with humans while in the wild.  Wilstem’s fun, educational seminars will teach you how to keep yourself and bears safe from these unfortunate situations.  These skills can be utilized when hiking, camping, or fishing where you may encounter bears.  Things such as not leaving a backpack unattended, cooking on a fire away from your campsite, and keeping your sleeping gear free of food odors are simple lessons that can help keep you and bears safe! 

The 10 acre natural habitat featuring earth, grass, and trees with a stream and waterfall will open this fall 2018.  For updated information, please follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or visit our website at www.wilstem.com.

Check out our sister properties, Big Splash Adventure at www.bigsplashadventure.com and Shotz at www.frenchlickshotz.com.To learn more about the events happening at Wilstem, pricing and hours of operation, please visit www.wilstem.com or call us at 812-936-4484.  For more information, concerning any of our properties, please contact Audrey Brames, Director of Marketing at abrames@bigsplashadventure.com or 812-936-6903.