Seen this same kid on the discovery channel just last year doing a Grizzly show. He took way to many chances. He would be sitting with feeding Grizzlys just feet away. trusted them too much. I was sadden to hear that it finally caught up with him, seemed like a nice kid.
Check this guys history and you'll see that he was an idiot who has been asking for it for a long time. He would try to hand feed and pet wild grizzly bears, for God's sake! For years he has been trying to convince people that wild bears are just big teddys.
I feel very sorry for the girl--I suspect that she was deluded into believing that this guy knew what he was doing. I also feel very sorry for the bears that had to be put down due to his stupidity.
I do not feel even the least bit sorry for him, though. He got what he was asking for. Stupid is as stupid does.
I agree with the latter post whole-heartedly. I saw the guys show on the Discovery Channel, and I do admit that it was cool with how close he got to the bears, but anybody with any knowledge at all about nature and its' unpredictability knew the moment they saw this guy getting so close to the bears that it was only a matter of time before he got him and a bear into some trouble, one if not both in the end being dead, as in this case. I don't feel sorry for him, mabye his girlfriend since he probably convinced her everything would be fine and bears were "big cuddly animals who wouldn't hurt a fly." I saw on his show, a bear that was corciling his camp and getting pretty close, so he gets out of his tent and charges the bear. Luckily it was a young bear and the bear ran off, but if it would have beena a large mature bear I doubt it would have done much to dissuade that bear from coming closer, mabye provoke it to come closer since their is a crazy little animal running at it on two legs.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...