Mark Dumas adopted Agee the polar bear when she was just eight weeks old. And having grown up under the trainer’s care, the predator shares a unique bond with her human companion. However, from the outside looking in, Mark and Agee’s relationship may be hard to comprehend.
Mark and his wife Dawn live in the city of Abbotsford in British Columbia, Canada. There, they run Beyond Just Bears, a pet training business that supplies a variety of animals – including large predators – to the film and television industries.
And among the creatures in the couple’s care is Agee. The polar bear arrived at their facility when she was just two months old after Mark had scouted her to star in the film Alaska. The 1996 adventure movie was filmed in British Columbia and chronicles the journey of two children who are looking for their father in the remote Alaskan wilderness.