Several years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Timothy Treadwell. A nice enough guy, Timothy had become something of a celebrity/ author/ cult hero, by documenting in books and photographs his intimate encounters with Alaskan Brown bears. Tim had appeared on Dateline NBC, Letterman and Rosie O’Donnell . I was working on an animal themed show and I thought he might make for a great story. Well after about 60 seconds with Tim I realized I was simply talking to bear food. Timothy’s claim to fame was that he had the innate ability to get really close to the bears and snap really close up pictures of them. There is a word for this innate gift. Stupidity. Through all of Tim’s nature loving tree-hugging bear whisperer Winnie the Poohspeak, I realize that the only reason Tim was at all famous and presently sitting in my office, was because the bears had not felt like eating him yet. Not because of love, an ancient connection with nature or anything else the morons who followed this “career” had attributed Tim’s “success” to, but simply that the bears were not particularly hungry when Tim was at paws length.
Anchorage Daily News(Published: October 8, 2003)
A California author and filmmaker who became famous for trekking to Alaska's remote Katmai coast to commune with brown bears has fallen victim to the teeth and claws of the wild animals he loved.
What led up to the latest Alaska bear attack, as well as exactly when it happened, is unknown. The bodies of Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, a physician's assistant from Boulder, Colo., were discovered Monday by the pilot of a Kodiak air taxi who arrived at their wilderness camp to take them back to civilization. A bear had buried the remains of both in what is known as a "food cache.''
The couple's tent was flattened as if a bear sat or stepped on it, but it had not been ripped open, even though food was inside. The condition of the tent led most knowledgeable observers to conclude the attack probably took place during the daylight hours when Treadwell and Huguenard were outside the tent, instead of at night when they would have been inside. Most of their food was found in bear-proof containers near the camp.
I never did put Tim on the show.