The very height of arrogance  

ByteChaser2 54M
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3/1/2006 7:59 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

The very height of arrogance

So, I'm watching one of those animal networks the other night and this show trailer came on: The Grizzly Man. And I'm thinking, yeah... lets just watch a show about those Ginormous, fur covered eating machines. That'll be interesting.

Now as I'm listening and watching this trailer, I'm getting angrier and angrier... This guys an ass.

So get this... To start off, the guy is a naturalist. That's obvious. He really cares deeply for wildlife, specifically the grizzly bear. So much so that he's gone to great expense to outfit himself and a small film crew to document these massive creatures so the rest of us can enjoy them, if only in the comfort of our own living rooms.

Then he makes this statement on camera: "...I came up here to protect these animals. In fact I'm the ONLY protection for these animals now..."

"WHOA!" I'm thinking. "How arrogant is that?" I guess the contributions I and the thousands like me make to the various wildlife funds each year don't mean shit... (in 2004 contributions totaled about 6.05 million U.S.) Ok, so I'm not standing guard post over a grizzly den or carting tons of meat into the woods... but I'm helping. And the thousands of others who contribute and work for their safety and survival are helping too.

Now, while they don't come right out and say it... apparently this dumb-shit was killed - by a grizzly - during the course of this "documentary". Killed while trying to get close enough to a full grown bear to actually touch it.

Was this guy born an idiot or did he take extension courses at the YMCA?

Ok... some Grizzly taxonomy here...

There is thought to be 2 main subspecies - the Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) and the Kodiak bear (Ursus arctos middendorffi).

Horribilis... Great flashing sodium arc lights should be blazing a sun bright path through the darkness here...

Females weight 270 to 770 pounds while males reach their maximum weight of 330 to 1150 pounds in 12 years. Males are 1.2 to 2.2 times as heavy as females.

Kodiak bears can grow to 10 feet long and weigh over 1,000 lbs

They are omnivorous - they eat anything. (Emphasis on ANYthing). Berries nuts and grasses, carrion (already dead animals), insects and grubs, game (anything from small rodents to moose and elk), the occasional cornucopia of the local dumpster or land fill, and yes, from time to time humans.

Now... There's this instinct that all animals have to a greater or lesser degree. It's called fight or flight. Basically, when an animal is threatened, it will shutdown most of it's normal instinctual behaviors and revert to a single decision process. Stand and fight or tuck tail and run. Usually predicated on the availability of an escape route. Ergo, they will run first if given the opportunity.

So the height of arrogance. Brain trust here apparently had the mistaken impression that these half ton omnivores could actually recognize that he was there "protecting" them from the evils of the world... That these eating machines appreciated this protection so much that hell... They'd just welcome him into the population and make him the guardian angel of the clan.

oops. Must have forgot all about that fight or flight thing... Too bad they didn't film it as a warning to others...

southrnpeach333 51F

3/1/2006 9:54 am

I watched the same documentary. What an idiot. All I can say is Darwinism in action. He did more to harm the bears in that area than 10 hunters could have done.

rm_sj365 57F
2414 posts
3/1/2006 10:59 am

I'm a city girl.... I dunno much about bears... but i do know enough to give 'em plenty of room.

there's no bears near the treehouse are there?

angelgrrl 49F

3/1/2006 2:10 pm

Irony at its finest.

ByteChaser2 54M

3/1/2006 2:16 pm

I think your absolutely right peach. I imagine that one hour of program will spark the same lunatic interest this guy had, cause a couple more human maulings and end with the "humane" destruction of otherwise unaggressive animals. And I would just count grizzlies... black bears will no doubt come under unneeded encroachment too.

See... This is why lions eat their young...

ByteChaser2 54M

3/1/2006 2:17 pm

No worries sj - there was a big old black bear there abouts but I'll bet he's gone by now. No coons to play tag with

ByteChaser2 54M

3/1/2006 3:26 pm

Irony angelgrrl? I'd call that poetic justice lol

FeistySyn 53F

3/4/2006 9:37 pm

I have not seen *his* documentary, but I did see a show on him... and the fact that he and his girlfriend were killed on her first trip out with him to film "his bears" .... I felt sorry for her, though they both should have known better... and how dare he, in his arrogance, take her into that situation, leading her to believe - I am sure - that he was such an expert she would be safe!

Apparently the depth of depravity here is bottomless... don't you feel right at home?

ByteChaser2 54M

3/5/2006 4:49 am

I just don't get it feisty... The limitless height of human stupidity just amazes me...

pickthisguy11 38M
79 posts
3/5/2006 7:48 am

My problem with the movie: In his apparent haste to get eaten, the idiot forgot to take off the lens cap, thus denying us the sight of his "unfortunate" death. Worth watching just to see his Prince Valiant haircut in action.

ByteChaser2 54M

3/5/2006 8:11 am

lol pick... That would have been worth the price of pay-per-view!

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