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Death in the Grizzly Maze
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On the afternoon of Sunday, October 5, 2003, in Alaska's Katmai National Park, one or more brown bears killed and ate Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard. The next day, park rangers investigating the site shot and killed two bears that threatened them; it was later determined that one of the bears had human flesh and clothing in its stomach.
This chilling story immediately captured worldwide media attention, not only because of the horrific manner of Timothy and Amie's deaths, but also because Timothy was a well-known wildlife celebrity. His films of close-up encounters with grizzly bears – he spent more than a dozen summers living with and videotaping giant bears in the Alaskan bush – were the subject of television talk shows, movies, and books.
But his work was not without controversy, and some bear experts felt that Treadwell's fatal encounter was a tragedy waiting to happen – the result of the unorthodox tactics he used in his life among the bears.
Death in the Grizzly Maze is the compelling account of Treadwell's intense life and dramatic death. Author Mike Lapinski chronicles Treadwell's rise from self-described alcoholic loser to popular grizzly-bear advocate. Lapinski explores how a waiter from Malibu, California, with no background in biology or wildlife science, came to be considered a bear expert. And he reveals the high cost of the current craze for wildlife celebrities – and what it means for the future of wildlife conservation.
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Introduction: Did Timothy Treadwell Have to Die?; (1) The Timothy Treadwell No One Knew; (2) Breaking the Rules in Bear Country; (3) Men Who Loved Animals to Death; (4) Treadwell Soars to Prominence; (5) What Bear Experts Thought of Treadwell's Exploits; (6) The "Bear Whisperer" Syndrome; (7) Katmai National Park--Treadwell's Place of Triumph and Tragedy; (8) Amie Huguenard's Fatal Attraction to Timothy Treadwell; (9) Tragedy Strikes the Treadwell Camp; (10) Officials Kill the Bears that Killed Treadwell; (11) The World Reacts; (12) Have We Learned Anything from Timothy Treadwell?; Conclusion: People Who Truly Love Bears, Leave Them Alone.

About the Author

Mike Lapinski is the author of eleven outdoor and nature books and hundreds of magazine articles. Mike is considered an expert on the use of bear pepper spray and often speaks on this subject, bears, and self-defence for nature lovers. He lives with his wife Aggie most of the year in Superior, Montana, close to grizzlies and grizzly country.

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