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The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in Montana employs grizzly bears to test “bear resistant” products by trying to open them for an hour. The facility also serves as a conservation and education center for bears and wolves in Yellowstone National Park.

There’s no job guarantee, but if you weigh around 600 pounds, love the outdoors, and enjoy eating everything from berries to beef, there’s almost certainly a position for you at Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana. Just be a bear.
The sanctuary and education center employs a team of grizzly bears whose job it is to make sure that anything labeled “bear resistant” can actually withstand a bear’s best efforts to open it.

For the bear test, the product is filled with some kind of tasty morsel and placed in the open air. The bears are then given an hour to bite, claw and “handle” objects to get to the goodies. If not, the product gets certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.

Randy Gravatt, the container testing coordinator at the center, says the bears do their job like any dedicated employee. “Their job here though is to solve problems,” he said. “I’m here to give our backs, a little elbow grease”.
In addition to testing products, the non-profit facility serves as a conservation and education center focused on the bears and gray wolves that live in Yellowstone National Park. Welcomes visitors.

The Bare Facts About Grizzlies:
Although grizzly bear cubs can start eating solid foods at a relatively early age, their mothers are able to breastfeed for up to three years.
Canada and Alaska contain about 50,000 grizzly bears, while Russia has about double that.
The largest grizzly bear held in captivity was Goliath, who lived on a New Jersey farm from 1967 to 1991; he reportedly reached 12 feet (3.7 m) tall and weighed 2,000 pounds (907 kg).

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