Casey Anderson and Brutus, Bear Handler and Beast

 

Casey Anderson was born and raised in East Helena, Montana, and was interested in wildlife from an early age. After studying wildlife biology at Montana State University, he worked as a wildlife rehabilitation technician and animal keeper and trainer. In 2002, he adopted an orphaned grizzly bear cub named Brutus from an overcrowded wildlife park in another state, and soon after built a sanctuary for the bear near his home. He founded the Montana Grizzly Encounter Rescue and Educational Sanctuary in Bozeman in 2004. He raised Brutus here, and this also became the home for several other rescued grizzlies.

Anderson was involved in film and TV production since the 1990s and was the handler for Brutus in numerous films, TV commercials and documentaries. He starred with Brutus in “Expedition Grizzly,” a documentary on National Geographic Channel’s Wild series, and in several other productions. He also starred in or produced numerous other wildlife films and documentaries featuring grizzlies and other wildlife.

Brutus was a local favorite in the Bozeman area. He died in 2021 at age 19, but visitors to Grizzly Encounter can still see other rescued bears and learn about threats to wildlife habitat and measures to protect them.

Casey Anderson founded Montana Grizzly Encounter Rescue and Educational Sanctuary in Bozeman; he raised his rescued pet grizzly Brutus here, and it also became the home for several other rescued grizzlies. Photo courtesy of the Montana Office of Tourism

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