Yup, real bear. I got to see the bear in a zoo a few years after the show ended. He had the biggest area of any of the animals there. (I think it was at the Omaha zoo, but I could be wrong.) And we were so excited because we LOVED that show!
That was a GREAT show! I'm glad to hear the bear was real, because he sure looked real to me!
Are you sure the bear was Ben? I remember the other show, Gentle Ben about a "pet" bear. But I do seem to remember that Grizzly Adams' bear was named Ben, too. Maybe that is why I named ds Ben, because I want him to grow up to be a cuddly bear!