Ex-Hippy, Eaten by Bear, Live on Tape


Timothy Treadwell photographed this bear on an Alaskan trip. He had lived
among the Alaskan bears every summer for the last 13 years. A bush pilot
the bodies of Treadwell and his girlfriend at their campsite on Monday. (Timothy
Treadwell photo)

Timothy Treadwell was a typical aimless New York wastrel of my generation
who ended up in California surfing and doing drugs, until a Speedball
overdose in the late 80’s sent him to Alaska to try to get all the
shit out of his system.

Not even he suspected the spiritual affinity to the great brown bears
(there are 30-40 thousand of them in Alaska) that turned him into a modern
day Grizzly Adams.


Actually he was more like a bear version
of John Lilly, who lived with dolphins in the 70’s. Treadwell camped,
played, ate and slept with the
powerful, up to 500 lb creatures who can kill a person instantly with
one swat of one enormous paw.

Of course, academic and professional conservationists bristled at his
"unscientific" approach to bear preservation.  They felt
the animals merely tolerated his presence, and he contributed little
to the
body of knowledge about them. And they warned he was unrealistic about
the danger he was in.  Turns out they had a point.

"He was out there for 13 years, and it was probably a combination
of skill and luck, and the luck ran out," said Louisa Willcox, a
friend of Treadwell’s and director of the Wild Bears Project for the
Natural Resources Defense Council.

This past Sunday, Treadwell and his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, 37, were
mauled to death by an old male bear outside their tent in Katmai National
Park in Alaska.

Now a horrific audiotape has surfaced with a live recording of Treadwell
providing lunch for one of his ursarian buddies. A video camera was found
at the campsite. The attack was recorded on the last three minutes of the
tape, but there is only audio. Investigators
believe that Huguenard was inside the tent when Treadwell ran into the
bear, and that for some reason he may have been wearing a voice-activated

According to Alaska state troopers, the tape begins with Treadwell screaming
that he is being attacked. "Come out here; I’m being killed out here," Treadwell

"Play dead!" Huguenard yelled in reply. She then urged him to "fight

He asks her to get a pan and to come hit the bear. And then the tape ends.

from The
Los Angeles Times


  1. william

    June 14, 2008 @ 11:50 pm


    it’s almost hard to believe that his girlfriend would have instructed him to “play dead”. Play Dead??? Are you serious? With a BEAR???? How long was this bimbo his girlfriend? A few hours? Some naturalists they were. If bears could talk, and they came across someone “playing dead”, they would say THANK YOU for not making me chase you, you INFANT! and then they would began tearing out your intestines and eating you alive.

  2. Rosey

    July 15, 2008 @ 9:15 pm


    What the heck happened to common sense??? Oh, wait.

    “Timothy Treadwell was a typical aimless New York wastrel of my generation who ended up in California……….”

    That answers it.

  3. Ex GF Pics

    August 11, 2008 @ 10:04 pm


    Damn that’s awful. I can kind of understand how it happened though.

  4. bts_crtny

    September 26, 2008 @ 1:20 pm


    Timothy Treadwell was devoted to protecting bears and preserving their wilderness habitat. He knew he was taking risks when he decided to live amoung bears. His documentary helpled other environmentalist learn more about bears, and his murder will help to prevent future bear attacks.

    yes, he once had a drug problem, but he found something to give him peace, and i think he is very brave to live with bears.

    To me, he is an inspiration to future bear enthusiast, and environmentalist.

    And he proved to people who have drug problems that they can find something to help them fight their addiction, and give them something bettter to live for.

  5. sue

    October 11, 2009 @ 9:46 am


    a twisted fate with equally twisted end…

    shouldn’t he be more cautious in his ‘activities’? looks like he indirectly causes two bears being shot down in order to retrieve his and amie’s remains…. with the good intention at heart, they realy don’t deserved being killed and eaten by the very bear(s) they are protecting, if only some prevention measures were taken….