The Best Way to Survive a Bear Encounter

One very brave bear trainer shares what to do if you come face-to-face with these dangerous animals.
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Given how much we in the media report on bear attacks, you would think it would be supremely unwise to put your head into an actual bear's mouth. But that is exactly what the man you're about to meet does pretty much every day. And he's got some advice, whether you want to take it or not, for keeping yourself safe around these fearsome animals. Here's ABC's Matt Gutman. Come on. Reporter: For most people, coming face to snout with a grizzly or even standing a few feet from it, would mean certain death. Does it hurt to have your head inside of a bear's mouth? Not really. We have confidence in one other. Reporter: But for Doug, this is life with Bart. You are so good. Reporter: Not every day that you get to be 2 1/2 feet away from a 1,300 pound grizzly bear. This one's a little bit special, though. Because Bart the bear was delivered to Doug's doorstep when he was a cub. A poacher had killed his mother in Alaska. Doug has been training bears for about 40 years. Including the giant Bart one. No relation to Bart 2. Who starred in "The bear." "Legends of the fall" and "The ed edge." Good boy. Reporter: Doug's command of north America's apex predator is impressive. Lower! Go to sleep. Aw. Good. Reporter: That control enabled Bart to star most recently in "Game of thrones." And "Into the wild." Doug handles the money. Reportedly in the low five figures for a shoot day. But for Bart, the reward is cookies. And this. Rough housing with Doug. They're so affectionate and so powerful. Reporter: This year, at least six people were killed by bear attacks in north America. Many others hurt as humans continue to encroach on bear habitats. To survive such an attack, Doug says the best practice, well, is to avoid it. You don't want to surprise him. You want to let them know that you're in the area. So that they have time to make calculations. Reporter: If you don't have much time to calculate, do you run? Do you stand? Do you try to make yourself large and make a lot of noise? You would never run. Reporter: Never run. Never run. Absolutely never run. Under any conditions. It's slowly back away. Reporter: But if you're attacked? Cover your face and your neck and try to get onto your stomach. Try to get like this because they're going to try to turn you over, like that. You would want to go back into this position like this. Reporter: Doug and Lynn say bear attacks aren't the bear's fault, but ours. It's one reason they created the vital ground foundation, which has set aside about 600,000 acres for bears. Because where the grizzly can walk, the Earth is healthy and all the other animals can follow. Reporter: Bart is now too old to be returned to the wild and anyway, he's now not just part of Doug's family, he's the center of it. You're good. He's loved dearly and deeply. He's in our will. He's in our will before our kids. Reporter: For "Nightline," I'm Matt Gutman in Utah. Oh, you're good. The bond between man and

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