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    Spikehorn, The Bear Whisperer

    Meet Spikehorn. Spikehorn was probably Michigan's most eccentric character of all-time. The guy was totally nuts.

    This is Spikehorn.

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    Harrison, Michigan's most colorful character was John “Spikehorn” Meyers, known to thousands of Michigan residents simply as Spikehorn.

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    Spikehorn was a showman, naturalist, politician, coal miner, tile manufacturer, furniture builder, inventor, realtor, bear hunter, lumberjack, and above all, individualist.

    This was his Bear & Deer Park.

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    According to neighbors, Spikehorn’s interest in the woods and buckskins developed around 1930 when he opened his Bear and Deer Park.

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    Spikehorn and his friend, Red Eagle, dressed in buckskins for tourists and treated them to tales of their adventures in the woods.

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    He enjoyed feeding his pets sweets, popcorn, and pop.

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    He loved posing with his deer and bears for cameras.

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    His enemies were the Conservation Officers, as indicated by the sign in front of his business: “Feed Conservation Officers to the Bear.”

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    His enemies were the Conservation Officers, as indicated by the sign in front of his business: “Feed Conservation Officers to the Bear.”

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