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
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.
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