Bear is alright in my book.
The Disclaimer is there only because of them being caught faking scenes. Before then the show did not have the disclaimer about some scenes being faked. They were all presented as real world situations not staged. I lost all respect for Bear when he did that. It is one thing to stage a scene to make it camera freindly it is another to do that but present it as a real situation even though it is staged.
He did know it was a jaguar. He knew he was being stalked by it as well. That is what unnerved him the most about the situation.