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The original bear man: Charlie Vandergaw

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  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published February 3, 2011

In April 2010, bear man Charlie Vandergaw -- who once hosted the largest gathering of semi-tame bears in Alaska at his homestead west of Anchorage -- was fined $20,000 for feeding the animals and shackled with a 180-day suspended jail sentence.

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