I have very mixed feelings about the guy. Either he had real guts, or he was the dumbest person around. He obviously cared deeply about wildlife, and yet how many people have tried to pick up a poisonous snake, or grab an alligator by the tail, because they saw him do it? I know of at least one.
Mostly, I feel sorry for his wife and kids. Even if he went the way he wanted to, they're the ones who will be cheated.
Let me start by telling you the story of two Johns.
John number one went on a day hike with a couple of friends in the Cascade Mountains about an hour from Seattle. He somehow got separated from his buddies and became lost. John was dressed in casual cloths for a warm weather day hike and had nothing but a lunch with him. He spent three days in those mountains and luckily made it out to tell the story.
John number two, a friend of John number one, was much better prepared when...