Timothy Treadwell: A Preventable Tragedy

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Timothy Treadwell Wasn’t a Hero He Was a Preventable Tragedy

Grizzly Bears are ferocious, furry creatures that may appear to be soft and cuddly but come armed with sharp claws, and huge teeth. The males can weigh up to 600 pounds and the females can weigh up to 440 pounds. Every year in North America alone there are at least three fatalities of humans who are mauled by bears. According to Boy Scouts of America the best advice to prevent attacks from Grizzly Bears is to avoid them all together. If someone must travel through the habitat of a bear it is safest to travel in a large group so the animal will think that it is encountering a larger animal instead of individual humans. To protect one’s self against a Grizzly Bear one can carry Bear Spray which is a powerful chemical liquid spray that deters bears from coming your direction, it is also key to stay calm in the situation, and never
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While he was in Alaska he took over 100 hours of video which in it he is standing only a foot or so away from 10 foot tall Grizzly Bears. Whenever the bears get closer to him he talks to them in a gentle voice just like having a conversation with another human and tells them to get away, and that he isn’t a threat to them. In some of his videos he is manic and describes how he is the hero of the bears, placed on Earth to educate the public about how Grizzly Bears shouldn’t be feared. In his last letter that he wrote to his Ecologist friend Marnie Gaede, he describes how he is on a religious journey to mutate into a bear. He tells her that his work would be taken more seriously if he were dead, and that he wishes that were the case. He also says how he would make more of a difference for the bears that in living he can’t do, and that he felt unworthy being alive and not being the best protector of the bears that he could

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