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They didn't die well.

Watch "Grizzly Man." It's out on DVD and has been on Discovery Channel. The whole Treadwell story is there in his own footage and footage shot after the fact, including interviews with everyone involved.

What a nut. The guy was an absolute loon. Walter Herzog, the filmmaker, had it right when he said Treadwell thought he was out there with human beings in bear suits. If you want to see environmentalism at its loony worst, watch the film. For goodness sake, one sequence shows Treadwell going absolutely gaga over a warm pile of bear manure as he practically worships it in amazement that it was inside one of his favorite bears moments before.

This was a guy who thought taking firearms or bear spray into bear country was an insult to the bears. As he put it, "How could I tell these bears I love them with a can of mace in my pocket?" LIKE A BEAR WOULD KNOW AND CARE. The sad thing was that as he was being mauled he was yelling at Amy to hit the bear with a frying pan. Both might still be alive if they'd had a can of bear spray.

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Yeah saw that on the discovery channel too. The documentary didn't paint the guy to be that all together to begin with. He just seemed like a totally lost soul who didn't have too much common sence. Didn't seem that he and his girl were up there doing any good for those bears anyway. They were just intruding and getting in the way.

I just don't know what it takes to get the message across to those wacked out environmentalists that those bears don't care if you're there to try and save them. In the bears mind, they don't need our damn help. Those huge bruins are nothing to mess around with and need to be dealt with using the most extream carefulness. You never enter bear country without knowing that things can go wrong real fast, even if you're careful. When are people going to learn Brick Wall,)

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I saw that show also. That guy was wacked! I agree with Westernhunter: He just seemed like a totally lost sole who didn't have too much common sence. I think the drugs took their toll on him and completely scrambled his brain. Those bears provided him the only reason to be alive in his mind. Too bad he didn't realize what kept him alive inside was also going to eat him.

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Really it's beyond me!!! I have yet to see a documentary or read any research that actually shows someone doing anything for the great bears. No one who heads up there to Alaska to study bears actually is doing anything except taking pictures and video and GETTING IN THE WAY. I see nothing else that anyone actually does that even attempts to help or understand these great beasts. Seems that the only group of people who really understand the great bears are hunters. I don't think I'm too ignorant (private prep school, state university and plenty of technical training) but can anyone explain it to me. I just don't understand sad

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They didn't die well.

I read the Book the Grizzly Maze the TIMOTHY TREADWELL STORY it was a very informative book and I also saw the documentary movie the guys was plying with his life and he lost

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Saw the documentary last night. Wow, what a freaking idiot. This guy is filming a full grown kodiak so close he has his hand out and is touching the bears nose as it is smelling him.
This guy has issues then a bear eats him end of story.

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I've seen the documentary before, but I had to record it last night just to watch again and see if I could make any sense out of it. I don't understand why the bears put up with him as long as they did.

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All I can figger is that the bears thought that if they ate a person that stupid they might be able to catch it and become real stupid themselfs? Laugh

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Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh That's got to be it!!!!!!!! Ouch, You made my side hurt Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh

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They didn't die well.

Think Steve Irwin was in the same boat? "Playing with his life"?