Ok, I've got a serious concern for people lately, and here's why. I watched "The Grizzly Man" the other day on Animal Planet, and after laughing so hard I nearly puked, (no honey, those weren't sympathy pukes), I came to a realization that some people really are mentally retarded. If you haven't seen The Grizzly Man, I strongly recommend it. It's a story of Timothy Treadwell's attempt to live with the grizzly bears in Alaska. If you can't predict the ending of the documentary from reading my previous sentence, you may want to stop reading here. I realize the show is a couple years old, but SPOILER ALERT!! HE GETS EATEN BY A GRIZZLY BEAR!! That's right folks, the Grizzly Man became one with a grizzly, or at least the bear's teeth, and later on, his other end too. I realize I'm being harsh, but come on. What did he expect? Did he think they'd let him ride on their back, share a fresh killed salmon, and maybe cuddle in a cave? The saddest part is he dragged his girlfriend along and she ended up suffering the same fate. Don't get me wrong, the footage this guy had was unbelievable. He got very close, too close apparently, to some phenomenal creatures, and shot some great footage of fights, feeding, and other activities. His problem was that he forgot to take the most important piece of camping equipment with him, common sense.
I enjoy watching wildlife quite a bit. One of my main reasons for hunting is for the chance to get out and see the animals in their natural world/habitat. I've followed elk, seen bears, yes in Utah, and seen numerous other animals and it's incredible. I highly recommend it, but only for people who don't ride the short bus to work every day. Have some common sense. Bears live in the woods, our camps are in the woods, so guess whats bound to happen. Don't be the guy that ends up a statistic of some freak occurrence, but instead be the guy that is prepared and knows how to deal with small situations before they become freak occurrences.