Wednesday, 24 December 2014

EATEN By Grizzly Bear – Timothy Treadwell and Girlfriend Amie Huguenard, USA (2 Videos)

Timothy Treadwell (April 29, 1957 – October 5, 2003) was an American bear enthusiast, environmentalist, amateur naturalist, eco-warrior and documentary film maker. He lived among the coastal grizzly bears of Katmai National Park in Alaska, USA, for approximately 13 summers. At the end of his 13th summer in the park in 2003, he and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard were killed and eaten by a grizzly bear.   Treadwell’s life, work and death were the subject of the 2005 documentary film by Werner Herzog titled Grizzly Man, (see the docudrama video at the end.)

Timothy Treadwell. Video snapshot

According to Treadwell's book, Among Grizzlies: Living with Wild Bears in Alaska, his mission to protect bears began after he survived a near-fatal heroin overdose in the late 1980s. He confesses in his book that his drug addiction grew from his alcoholism and after that experience, he knew he needed to do something with his life that was meaningful.
A lover of all animals since he was a child, he traveled to Alaska to watch bears at the urging of a close friend. Treadwell writes that after his first encounter with a wild bear, he knew he had found his calling in life. Treadwell attributed his recovery from drug and alcohol addictions entirely to his relationship with bears.

Treadwell getting close to a Grizzly bear. Video snapshot

Timothy spent the early part of each season camping on the "Big Green," an open area of bear grass in Hallo Bay on the Katmai Coast. He called the area "The Grizzly Sanctuary". Treadwell was known for getting extremely close to the bears he observed, sometimes even touching them and playing with bear cubs. However in his book, he claimed that he was always careful with the bears and actually developed a sense of mutual trust and respect with the animals. He habitually named the bears he encountered and consistently saw many of the same bears with each returning summer, thus claiming to build a standing relationship with them. National Park Service Rangers said he was harassing wildlife.

During the later part of the season he would move to Kaflia Bay and camp in an area of especially thick brush he called the "Grizzly Maze". Here the chances of crossing paths with grizzlies were much higher, since the location intersected bear trails. Treadwell recorded over 100 hours of video footage (some of which was later used to create the documentary Grizzly Man) and a large collection of still photographs.

Treadwell claimed to be alone with the wildlife on several occasions in his videos. However his girlfriend Amie was with him at the time of his death and the documentary on him indicated she was there for his final two summers.

By 2001, Treadwell became notable enough to receive extensive media attention both on television and in environmental circles. He made frequent public appearances as an environmental activist. He traveled throughout the United States to educate school children about bears and appeared on the Discovery Channel, the Late Show with David Letterman, and Dateline NBC to discuss his experiences.

Treadwell and Jewel Palovak founded Grizzly People, a grassroots organization devoted to protecting bears and preserving their wilderness habitat.


Treadwell's years with the grizzlies were not without disruption. Almost from the start, the National Park Service expressed their worries about his behaviour. According to the file kept on Treadwell by the Park Service, rangers reported he had at least six violations from 1994 to 2003. Included among these violations are: guiding tourists without a license, camping in the same area longer than the Parks Service's seven-day limit, improper food storage, wildlife harassment, and conflicts with visitors and their guides. He also frustrated authorities by refusing to install an electric fence around his camp and refusing to carry bear spray to use as a deterrent. In fact, Treadwell had carried pepper spray with him and had resorted to using it at least one time, but wrote that he had felt terrible grief over the pain he perceived he had caused the bear and refused to use it on subsequent occasions. In 1998, park rangers issued Treadwell a citation for storing an ice chest filled with food in his tent. A separate incident involved rangers ordering him to remove a prohibited portable generator. When the Park Service imposed a new rule—often referred to as the "Treadwell Rule"—requiring all campers to move their camps at least one mile (1.6 km) every seven days, Treadwell initially obeyed the order by using a small motor boat to move his camp up and down the coast. Finding this method impractical, he later hid his camp from the Park Service in stands of trees with heavy brush. He was cited at least once for this violation.


In October 2003, Treadwell and his girlfriend, physician assistant Amie Huguenard, visited Katmai National Park. In the film Grizzly Man, Werner Herzog states that Amie feared bears and felt deeply uncomfortable in their presence. Her final journal entries indicated that she wanted to be away from Katmai. Treadwell chose to set his campsite near a salmon stream where grizzlies commonly feed in the fall. Treadwell was in the park later in the year than usual, at a time when bears struggle to gain as much fat as possible before winter, and limited food supplies cause them to be more aggressive than in other months. Food was scarce that fall, so the grizzly bears were even more aggressive than usual.

Treadwell was to leave the park at his usual time of year, but extended his stay 1 week in an effort to locate a favorite female brown bear not seen earlier. He said he hated modern civilization and felt better in nature with the bears than he did in big cities around humans. He repeatedly said he hated humans too. The bears he had been used to during the summer had already gone into hibernation, and bears that Treadwell did not know from other parts of the park were moving into the area. The very last footage that shows Treadwell alive also shows a bear behind him; the bear had been diving into the river repeatedly for a piece of dead salmon. Treadwell mentioned in the footage that he did not feel entirely comfortable around that bear.

Around noon on Sunday, October 5, 2003, Treadwell spoke with an associate in Malibu, California by satellite phone. Treadwell mentioned no problems with any bears. The next day, October 6, Willy Fulton, the Kodiak air taxi pilot, arrived at their campsite to pick them up but found the area abandoned except for a bear and contacted the local park rangers. The mangled remains of Treadwell and Huguenard were discovered quickly upon investigation. Treadwell's disfigured head, partial spine, and right forearm and hand, with his wrist watch still on, were recovered a short distance from the camp. Huguenard's partial remains were found next to the torn and collapsed tents, partially buried in a mound of twigs and dirt. A large male grizzly (tagged Bear 141) protecting the campsite was killed by park rangers during their attempt to retrieve the bodies. A second adolescent bear was also killed a short time later when it charged the park rangers. An on-site necropsy of Bear 141 revealed human body parts such as fingers and limbs. The younger bear was consumed by other animals before it could be necropsied.

Tim and Amie–Last Expedition © Willy Fulton 2003
In the 85-year history of Katmai National Park, this was the first known incident of a person being killed by a bear.

A video camera was recovered at the site which proved to have been operating during the attack. However, according to Alaska State Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson, no images were found on the tape. This fact led troopers to believe the attack might have happened while the camera was stuffed in a duffel bag or during the dark of night. The camera had been turned on just before the attack, presumably by Huguenard, but the camera recorded only six minutes of audio before running out of tape. This, however, was enough time to record the bear's initial attack on Treadwell, its retreat when Huguenard attacked it, its return to carry Treadwell off into the forest, and Huguenard's screams of horror as she is left alone.  The tape is now the property of Jewel Palovak (Treadwell's ex-girlfriend). In Grizzly Man, filmmaker Werner Herzog listens to the recording on headphones (leaving it unheard on the film's soundtrack) and then urges Palovak to destroy it. In the followup mini-series, The Grizzly Man Diaries, Palovak admits she still owns the tape but has not listened to its contents and says she hopes she never does.


Grizzly Man - Death

Some of the things discussed in the video:
  • Dr. Franc Fallico explaining how the body parts arrived, 
  • how Treadwell told his girlfriend to runaway during the attack and how she fought off the bear for six mins...
  • the audio tape recording


  1. Treadwell was doomed the minute he came up with his theory that the bears "respected" him, and loved him, actually, they tolerated him, and that was not going to last.

  2. They are called wild animals for a reason. Nature thinning out the herd right here.

  3. Mr Tim Treadwell was a decent ( though somewhat delusional ) man, similarly ( though more clear headed ) for Mrs Amie Huguenard, both of whom meant well, if not much use came from their endeavours. The result was very tragic, though more than not avoidable. RIP. On a lighter and joking note, this is what eventually happens when ‘Surfs Up’ Timothy and ‘Point Dexter’ Amie, the ‘Pesky Humans’, abscond with ‘Winnie the Pooh’s’ honey and without minding their “P’s and Q’s”.

  4. I feel bad for them both. But you can't go into a wild animals territory and not expect something like this to happen. I hope he can rest in peace knowing he Atleast got to spend13 summers with the animals that he so dearly loved. Rest in peace Timothy and Amie.

  5. Tim had bipolar dissorder but wasnt on medication.that made him believe his delusion about being safe..amy was a hero.she died cause she chosed to save him instead of run away..what bothers me is,parents of Tim didnt care about what happened to him.he knew it so well,he told rangers that if something happens to him,his ashes and recordings should go to this lady instead of his parents.its making me more upset.if ppl around him cared about him more than the money he made for them and convinced him for treatment,he would have been still here.

  6. It does seem TT was bipolar which would make him feel invincible when high - a recipe for disaster. He did seem to be well liked however by many and watching him he is quite quirky and shot some awesome footage during the 13 summers he spent in Alaska. He also talks about dying up there and goes so far as to express that if he were to die up there his message would be taken more seriously. Not sure what message he meant but DON'T FEED THE BEARS comes over loud and clear. Seriously though you've got to admire his spunk. He kicked booze and smack by finding healing immersing himself in their world so good for him. Pity he's not still around to entertain us. RIP Tim and Amie.


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