The photos and videos Treadwell took were awesome. However, I agree that him getting that close to these bears acclimates them to human beings, and therefore can cause these bears to get into trouble possibly causing them to be destroyed in cases where someone gets mauled or if they are viewed as a nuisance bear. Same with the foxes. These animals need to be afraid of humans, humans are harmful to wildlife, not all humans care, in fact, most don't care. A fox or bear, or any other animal, that is unafraid of humans could get too close and humans with their stupidity could poison them as pests, or just kill them for the hell of it. Bears who get too close to humans end up getting into trash, break into buildings/barns in their search for food, can become nuisance bears, and pay for some human's stupidity with their life.
These animals are to be respected and admired for sure, but we must keep our boundaries, for their sake and survival. I think Treadwell really loved these animals, for sure. But wild animals are unpredictable and he got too close and it was inevitable that he would eventually get hurt. When watching the Grizzly Man Diaries, he seems to think and behave the way a child would view these animals, he is not realistic at all. I am a total nature lover, but when you get this close to these animals, and they lose their fear of humans, you are not doing them any good. Wild animals do not distinguish between Treadwell and some hunter or camper. A man is a man. Bears pay for this with their lives when they get too close to humans, and Treadwell is conditioning these bears and the fox family to not fear humans and setting them up for disaster. He reminds me of the way I thought of animals when I was a child. I too fantasized about being Dr. Dolittle talking to the animals and being their guardian. I think we could be a better guardian by letting them alone, admiring them from afar, and by giving them plenty of habitat in which to live.
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