Does the player who owns the Bear have to place a cylinder on this card in order to get the first player? It seems a big bonus to be first player in every round. When he takes this card does he just become first player in every subsequent round without taking any additional action?
The Bear card doesn't make you first player it just lets you take the first action in a round so you get the very first action in a round then the round continues as normal as I understand it. Think of it as a one shot player zero in each round.