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A grizzly end for man who liked to tell bears 'I love you'
The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 10/09/03 | Marcus Warren

Posted on 10/08/2003 4:50:04 PM PDT by Pokey78

A bear-lover who would creep up to grizzlies in the wild chanting "I love you" to prove that they posed no danger has been killed by them.

What remained of Timothy Treadwell, 46 - author, filmmaker and celebrity for his unorthodox views on the animals - was recovered from the Katmai National Park in Alaska this week. His bear attacker had buried part of him in a so-called food cache.

"This is unfortunate, but I'm not surprised," said Deb Liggett, the park's superintendent. "It really wasn't a matter of if, it was just a matter of when."

Mr Treadwell's girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, 37, was also killed, and two bears were shot dead by rangers and state troopers called to the scene.

During his lifetime Mr Treadwell, a former drug addict from Malibu, California, always said that if he came to grief, it would probably be his own fault and he wanted no bears to suffer in retaliation. "It would have killed Timothy to know that they killed the bears," said Jewel Palovak, an associate in California.

Mr Treadwell was the founder of Grizzly People, an organisation devoted to the protection of grizzly bears and their habitat. According to the group's website, it was Mr Treadwell's practice to travel bear country without weapons.

Mr Treadwell featured on the website of the actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio. According to a biography on the site, Mr Treadwell beat his addiction by spending time in the Alaskan wilderness, where he developed his fondness for bears.

The self-styled authority on the animals urged concerned friends not to worry and apparently added that he would be "honoured" to end up in a pile of bear dung. "I think Timothy would say it's the culmination of his life's work," Ms Palovak told the Anchorage Daily News.

"He always knew that he was the bears' guest and that they could terminate his stay at any time. He died doing what he lived for."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: bear; bearial; chieftenbears; darwinawardwinner; holdmuhbear; killed; sometimesabeargetsu; sometimesyougetabear; timothytreadwell
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1 posted on 10/08/2003 4:50:04 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Paging Mr. Darwin... Mr. Darwin, please pick up the white courtesy phone.
2 posted on 10/08/2003 4:51:13 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office. (Recall Davis))
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To: Pokey78
Enough about this twit...
He got what he wanted, to be really, REALLY close to a griz.
Wherever he is, he's happy.
3 posted on 10/08/2003 4:52:52 PM PDT by cavtrooper21 (Shoot them if they stand. Cut them if they run.)
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To: Pokey78
"It would have killed Timothy to know that they killed the bears," said Jewel Palovak, an associate in California.

Unfortunatly, Ms. Palovak, the bears got the first say in this matter.

4 posted on 10/08/2003 4:53:06 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few; and let another take his office. (Recall Davis))
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To: All
Aww man! Enough of the fundraiser posts!!!
Only YOU can make fundraiser posts go away. Please contribute!

5 posted on 10/08/2003 4:53:22 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Pokey78
The self-styled authority on the animals urged concerned friends not to worry and apparently added that he would be "honoured" to end up in a pile of bear dung.

I hope the bears weren't shot before the fulfilled his wishes.

6 posted on 10/08/2003 4:53:30 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Pokey78
I nominate this guy for idiot of the month at the very least.
7 posted on 10/08/2003 4:53:36 PM PDT by No_Outcome_But_Victory (DNC = Demonic Nazis & Communists)
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To: Pokey78
Jack Kervorkian would have been proud.
8 posted on 10/08/2003 4:53:38 PM PDT by billhilly (If you're lurking here from DU, I trust this post will make you sick.)
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To: Pokey78; mhking
"This is unfortunate, but I'm not surprised," said Deb Liggett, the park's superintendent. "It really wasn't a matter of if, it was just a matter of when."

It bears repeating...(nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!)

This is what you get when you are looking for a real bear hug.

9 posted on 10/08/2003 4:53:42 PM PDT by wimpycat (Down with Kooks and Kookery!)
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To: Pokey78
Almost as stupid as the guy who liked to play with tigers on stage and make um do tricks.......
10 posted on 10/08/2003 4:55:03 PM PDT by Joe Hadenuf (I failed anger management class, they decided to give me a passing grade anyway)
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11 posted on 10/08/2003 4:55:41 PM PDT by Untouchable
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To: Pokey78
There have been several post already regarding this post. All of them are good reading and amusing. Once again my best contribution to the post.

There was a young lady from Niger
Who smiled as she rode on the tiger
They returned from the ride
With the lady inside
And the smile on the face of the tiger.


My update

Timmy the hippie had long hair
And he tried to be friends with a bear
The result of the kinship
Was the end of the friendship
When Timmy ended up in the bear.
12 posted on 10/08/2003 4:56:00 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (Feeling my age, but wanting to feel older)
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To: Pokey78
Another touchy feely idiot that equates animals with humans.

I love the outdoors but in wilderness areas I would recommend a 45 at a minimum.
13 posted on 10/08/2003 4:56:05 PM PDT by mylife
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To: Pokey78
I'll bet he changed his mind in the last minute of his life.

I've been in a couple of awful accidents and life-threatening incidents. In each of them time seemed to move very slowly indeed and I seemed to have plenty of time to think about what was going on and regret that I had gotten myself into this situation. I'm lucky--I survived. Timothy, who has got to be this year's Darwin Award winner, must have had some of the same thoughts at the end: "Uh-oh. This may have been a really bad idea. Mommy, get me out of here!"

Bad way to die.

14 posted on 10/08/2003 4:56:56 PM PDT by Capriole (Foi vainquera)
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To: Pokey78
Mr Treadwell, a former drug addict from Malibu, California

Imagine that.

15 posted on 10/08/2003 4:58:07 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Bearial.)
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To: Pokey78
>>"It would have killed Timothy to know that they killed the bears," said Jewel Palovak, an associate in California.

Really? Well, I guess Yogi & BooBoo beat em to it then.

16 posted on 10/08/2003 5:00:20 PM PDT by Wondervixen (Ask for her by name--Accept no substitutes!)
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To: Pokey78
Look, this is supposed to be Tiger Attack Week here on FR.
17 posted on 10/08/2003 5:00:56 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (*When* Animals Attack--not "If".)
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To: Pokey78
I heard AETP is very upset.
18 posted on 10/08/2003 5:01:43 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Animals for the Ethical Treatment of People.)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Timmy & Grey have lot's in common when you gaze at the California State flag. "Killed by their own swords"!
19 posted on 10/08/2003 5:01:48 PM PDT by Kahuna
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To: Capriole
What would be worse in that situation would have to be the second one killed. You get to see their death and yours both in slow motion.

I have talked to witnesses from bear attacks and had them describe how it is sitting up in a tree hearing your girl friend screaming "My God he has just torn my arm off" knowing she is aware of being physically torn apart and knowing you just might be next.
20 posted on 10/08/2003 5:02:08 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (Feeling my age, but wanting to feel older)
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To: cavtrooper21
He might still be alive if he hadn't been so annoying to those poor bears.
21 posted on 10/08/2003 5:02:26 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: Pokey78
Treadwell: I love you, Grizzly Bear!

Grizzly Bear: I love you too, pork chop!

22 posted on 10/08/2003 5:03:18 PM PDT by LibKill (We have given the world food. They hate us. Let's give them cold steel and hot lead next time.)
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To: Capriole
"Mr Treadwell featured on the website of the actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio.

Well Leonard...your friend's foolishness cost not only the lives of himself and his girlfriend, but two magnificent WILD animals as well.

I hope your proud...will you be taking up his cause?

23 posted on 10/08/2003 5:04:00 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack ($20.00 says Duh-Crapio plays this this granola eatin' moron in a movie...)
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To: Pokey78
The self-styled authority on the animals urged concerned friends not to worry and apparently added that he would be "honoured" to end up in a pile of bear dung.

Well, I guess Timothy is now full of Sh!t

24 posted on 10/08/2003 5:04:09 PM PDT by marvlus
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To: Charles Henrickson
I've tried to get them to quit posting the picture of the lion. And I don't know if you saw the post or not on the other bear post, but the one of Tigger attacking that man has got to be a hoax. That is just not in Tigger's nature.
25 posted on 10/08/2003 5:04:48 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (Feeling my age, but wanting to feel older)
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To: Pokey78
His poor understanding of nature and these bears resulted in their death - thank you Mr. Liberal. Hunters would have atleast made a stew.
26 posted on 10/08/2003 5:04:59 PM PDT by Libertina (God Bless our proud troops and support their families!)
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To: Pokey78
Once again, nature's reality intrudes on someones fantasy life. Might I add, with predictable results.
27 posted on 10/08/2003 5:05:01 PM PDT by Chuckster ("If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable." Sir Thomas More)
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To: Pokey78
he would be "honoured" to end up in a pile of bear dung

What to say, what to say???

28 posted on 10/08/2003 5:07:45 PM PDT by mombonn (íViva Bush/Cheney!)
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To: mylife
I assume that you mean .45 Colt and not .45 ACP. Personally, I would consider .44 Mag an absolute MINIMUM and hot loaded with heavy bullets at that.
29 posted on 10/08/2003 5:08:05 PM PDT by Chuckster ("If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable." Sir Thomas More)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Mr Treadwell Limbaugh, a former drug addict from Malibu, California Missouri.

Imagine that.

30 posted on 10/08/2003 5:08:43 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace ((the original))
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To: mylife
but why in the hell did they shoot the bears for doing what bears do??? don't make sense to me.
31 posted on 10/08/2003 5:08:47 PM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: Chuckster
Where's PETA? Why aren't they out smooching the bears?
32 posted on 10/08/2003 5:09:13 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: cajun-jack
They shoot bears that have "eaten" humans to make sure they do not make a habit of it.
33 posted on 10/08/2003 5:10:05 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Charles Henrickson
I’v spoken to old bear hunters in canada, they say a bear could be 6 inches from you in the woods and you’d never know it!
There also was a report of several tourists camping in lion territory in African parks, that were pulled from their tents,or attacked when taking pictures and dragged off for lion lunch.
34 posted on 10/08/2003 5:10:21 PM PDT by wiseone
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To: So Cal Rocket
If we could ask a bear what "human" tastes like, might they say "tastes like chicken"?
35 posted on 10/08/2003 5:11:01 PM PDT by Lockbar
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To: cajun-jack
Because that's SOP when dummies get hurt in the woods. Heaven forbid that we should just say "Well, what did they expect?" and let it go at that, as a warning to other furry animal freaks. Now they can say to themselves 'They killed the bad bears. Its safe now.' and wander off into their own fantasy world where bears are just hunny lovin little buddies in the woods.
36 posted on 10/08/2003 5:14:26 PM PDT by Chuckster ("If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable." Sir Thomas More)
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To: Aaron0617
Perfect liberals. I can't seem to get enough of this story. Some of these same morons after 9/11 wanted to talk to Bin Laden and crew to find out what they wanted wanted. Give the Afgans food...not bombs.

What happened to these two will happen to us all. A lesson to remember.

Other threads of this story

Bear activist killed by Alaska grizzly

Bear Expert and Companion Killed in Bear Attack at Alaska Park ( New View on Old Story )

Bear Attack Leaves Two Dead in Alaska

Two killed in Alaska bear attack

37 posted on 10/08/2003 5:15:00 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: wiseone
That reminds me: Wasn't there an incident a few years ago of some dimwit setting up his video camera to take a clip of him petting the lion? The camera was eventually found with a recording of him being killed and eaten.
38 posted on 10/08/2003 5:17:10 PM PDT by Chuckster ("If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable." Sir Thomas More)
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To: FITZ
He might still be alive if he hadn't been so annoying to those poor bears.

Yup! Grizzly bears were this mans last "drug". He OD'd.

39 posted on 10/08/2003 5:19:57 PM PDT by elbucko
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To: Chuckster
Now there could be another solution to this situation in favor of the bears. You divide the parks up into liberal and conservative areas. You put all the bears who act like bears and don't want to have any interface with people in the conservative areas. You put all the bears who like to interface with people in the liberal areas. In that case the liberals, tree huggers, bear petters, and the bears could all meet for lunch. In the liberal areas they could used the term, "There is no such thing as a bad bear".
40 posted on 10/08/2003 5:21:41 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (Feeling my age, but wanting to feel older)
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To: U S Army EOD
"My God he has just torn my arm off" knowing she is aware of being physically torn apart and knowing you just might be next.

And a pleasant good evening to you too!...(/dark humor)..........;^)

41 posted on 10/08/2003 5:22:41 PM PDT by elbucko
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To: marvlus
No the bear was and it was made from Timmy.
42 posted on 10/08/2003 5:23:13 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (Feeling my age, but wanting to feel older)
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To: wiseone
The only way a bear would be 6 inches from me is if he was catching up.
43 posted on 10/08/2003 5:24:23 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (Feeling my age, but wanting to feel older)
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To: Pokey78
A bear-lover who would creep up to grizzlies in the wild chanting "I love you" to prove that they posed no danger has been killed by them.

I guess he couldn't handle the foreplay.

-PJ

44 posted on 10/08/2003 5:26:25 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's not safe yet to vote Democrat.)
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To: elbucko
This happened in Yellowstone I think. The poor girl couldn't get out of her sleeping bag to run.
45 posted on 10/08/2003 5:27:38 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (Feeling my age, but wanting to feel older)
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To: U S Army EOD
A guy is camping in the woods, getting "close to nature."

Along comes a big old bear. The guy runs, but the bear is gaining on him, so the guy sinks to his knees and begins to pray.

The bear also sinks to his knees and folds his paws as if in prayer.

The guy thinks, is it possible? That this bear is a Christian?

Then the bear says, "Lord, we thank thee for this food we are about to eat. Amen."

46 posted on 10/08/2003 5:29:11 PM PDT by Alouette (Neocon Zionist Media Operative)
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To: Pokey78
"I think Timothy would say it's the culmination of his life's work," Ms Palovak told the Anchorage Daily News.

Methinks Ms Palovak has been eating too much of that thar Yeller Snow

47 posted on 10/08/2003 5:31:51 PM PDT by scouse
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To: Pokey78
Mr Treadwell's girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, 37, was also killed, and two bears were shot dead by rangers and state troopers called to the scene.

That's stupid. What the hell did they kill the bears for? Do they kill bears for hunting and eating fish or deer? No difference here...in fact this couple sounds like they had less brainpower than your average antelope.

48 posted on 10/08/2003 5:32:10 PM PDT by montag813 (Fire Tenet...Jail Joseph Wilson...Rally 'Round Our President, Dammit!!!)
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To: Pokey78
"He always knew that he was the bears' guest and that they could terminate his stay at any time. He died doing what he lived for."

This is why it's so hard to fight liberals. They don't have a survival drive, they're really motivated by sheer nonsense.

49 posted on 10/08/2003 5:34:48 PM PDT by JoeSchem
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To: Pokey78
"A bear-lover"


He should have stuck to loving this kind of bear.

50 posted on 10/08/2003 5:34:56 PM PDT by Spunky (This little tag just keeps following me where ever I go.)
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