Alaska cracks down on 'Stranger Among Bears' star

Charlie Vandergaw is crazy about bears. That's obvious in a documentary made last year by a British filmmaker at Vandergaw's remote Alaska cabin and featured in the recent Animal Planet TV series "Stranger Among Bears" . The videos show him scratching the belly of one black bear as if it was the family dog, feeding a cookie to a large black bear ... Full Story
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jane

Haysville, KS

#1 Jun 14, 2009
It is a sad state of affairs when the state of Alaska has nothing better to do than to prosecute a human being for living alone and harming no one. Absolutely no one!
He should have the CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to do what he wishes with the wildlife on his property.
The state certainly wouldn't blink an eye if he were shooting them, now would they?
Perhaps this is Palin's way of showing us that she is in control. I say, "Sara, get a grip on your own family first and leave this guy alone"
Also, people, please wake up and understand that we are loosing our freedoms insidiously, but surely.
Charley, good luck to you and you bears!
felicia dycus

Newburgh, IN

#2 Jun 14, 2009
This is an outrage!!!!! The man should be able to do what he wishes on his property. He is harming no one. Shame on the Alaskan Government. Why is it ok to kill a bear but not ok to love one.
Listening

Natchez, MS

#3 Jun 14, 2009
That is the most disturbing and sad documentary I have ever seen. The man can not go out his front door and do as he pleases on his own land. What is the Alaskan government thinking? Where are your rights? Isn't that getting communistic?
Ginger

Tupelo, MS

#4 Jun 14, 2009
Sad sad sad...our rights are being taken away...one, by one...
Randy

Spartanburg, SC

#5 Jun 15, 2009
After having just watched Into the Wild last night this story is more PROOF that we as Americans and Individuals have lost our right to live and die in peace even in the most remote of places!! As a republican Sarah Palin will NEVER get my vote if she runs for president !!
George

United States

#6 Jun 15, 2009
Are you guys kidding me? It's nt about him being able to do what he wants on his land. It's about him feeding bears and then the bears looking to people for their food. He is essentially ensuring that these bears will be destoyed.

What happens when he doesn't have food for them one day? Or better yet, what happens when they move on to someone else to get their food and that person doesn't have any for them?

It is completely irresponsible on this man's part to be feeding these animals.
Listening

Natchez, MS

#7 Jun 15, 2009
Randy wrote:
After having just watched Into the Wild last night this story is more PROOF that we as Americans and Individuals have lost our right to live and die in peace even in the most remote of places!! As a republican Sarah Palin will NEVER get my vote if she runs for president !!
I as a democrat will NEVER vote for her either. This is our America, all for one and one for all. We are slowly but surely losing our rights, being censored, and soon to have a martial law environment if this type of behavior is allowed to go unnoticed. What's next in Alaska? Going to have a curfew to go out in your yard? Can you have bird feeders?
Sarah C

Clifton Park, NY

#8 Jun 15, 2009
We all know what happened to Tim Treadwell and Amie Huguenard because Tim thought he knew everything and Amie believed him.

Here is a more serious matter that does not get enough press coverage in the lower forty-eight.

The Crips and the Bloods do not understand what Alaska is all about and they underestimate the citizens of Anchorage.

Leave Alaska to the the Alaskans. Their justice is real.

http://www.ktva.com/iteam/ci_11177779
Listening

Natchez, MS

#9 Jun 15, 2009
George wrote:
Are you guys kidding me? It's nt about him being able to do what he wants on his land. It's about him feeding bears and then the bears looking to people for their food. He is essentially ensuring that these bears will be destoyed.
What happens when he doesn't have food for them one day? Or better yet, what happens when they move on to someone else to get their food and that person doesn't have any for them?
It is completely irresponsible on this man's part to be feeding these animals.
The answer to that is NO we are not kidding you. The man lives so far away from others you would have to go looking for these particular bears to have an encounter. If I wanted to live in a communistic country run by one individual I would move to perhaps China, Russia, ect. We have wildlife here, it comes into our yards and we do not cage it but we do throw our scraps out to feed it. I make a point of saving the parts of the salad we don't eat to throw in the yard. The police don't land in my yard looking for remnants.
Listening

Natchez, MS

#10 Jun 15, 2009
Sarah C wrote:
We all know what happened to Tim Treadwell and Amie Huguenard because Tim thought he knew everything and Amie believed him.
Here is a more serious matter that does not get enough press coverage in the lower forty-eight.
The Crips and the Bloods do not understand what Alaska is all about and they underestimate the citizens of Anchorage.
Leave Alaska to the the Alaskans. Their justice is real.
http://www.ktva.com/iteam/ci_11177779
You get real, the rest of the US, and Alaska is a part of the US, is not all comprised of gangs. We are aware of Tim Treadwell, Alaska in not unique in access to the media. How many people die in the process of their passions? His happened to be bears. We are all united and you will not divide. Is there a brainwashing issue going on that we in the lower forty-eight are not aware of, that needs to be addressed?
Sarah C

Clifton Park, NY

#11 Jun 15, 2009
Listening wrote:
<quoted text>You get real, the rest of the US, and Alaska is a part of the US, is not all comprised of gangs. We are aware of Tim Treadwell, Alaska in not unique in access to the media. How many people die in the process of their passions? His happened to be bears. We are all united and you will not divide. Is there a brainwashing issue going on that we in the lower forty-eight are not aware of, that needs to be addressed?
When you have a coherent thought, proper sentence structure, and a question that doesn't ramble, ask me.
Listening

Natchez, MS

#12 Jun 15, 2009
Sarah C wrote:
<quoted text>
When you have a coherent thought, proper sentence structure, and a question that doesn't ramble, ask me.
I have a question teach. Did you have to look that big word coherent up in the dictionary? Proper sentence structure on a thread, please, get over yourself.
George

United States

#13 Jun 15, 2009
Listening wrote:
<quoted text>The answer to that is NO we are not kidding you. The man lives so far away from others you would have to go looking for these particular bears to have an encounter. If I wanted to live in a communistic country run by one individual I would move to perhaps China, Russia, ect. We have wildlife here, it comes into our yards and we do not cage it but we do throw our scraps out to feed it. I make a point of saving the parts of the salad we don't eat to throw in the yard. The police don't land in my yard looking for remnants.
What does this have to do with communism? It's basic wildlife ecology. Even if this guy lives to a ripe old age and nothing ever happens to him, he is teaching generations of bears that people are a source of food. He is basically guaranteeing that somewhere along the line, these bears are going to be destroyed.

You feeding your scraps to birds or squirrels is just not comparable to teaching bears that humans are an easy source of food.
Listening

Natchez, MS

#14 Jun 15, 2009
What about Jacques Cousteau? Should exploring the oceans and feeding the sharks be outlawed and limited to the laws of one Islander? After all a surfer might be mistaken for food. Where does this governing begin and where does it end?
George

United States

#15 Jun 15, 2009
Listening wrote:
What about Jacques Cousteau? Should exploring the oceans and feeding the sharks be outlawed and limited to the laws of one Islander? After all a surfer might be mistaken for food. Where does this governing begin and where does it end?
There is a difference between exploring the oceans and feeding sharks. As far as I know, there was a debate when Cousteau was active as to whether or not feeding the sharks was a good idea.

I don't know too much about the responses of sharks to being fed by people. I do know that if you feed bears and they look at you as a food source, they become more aggressive with other people as well. Is this something that you deny?
jane

Haysville, KS

#16 Jun 15, 2009
Sarah C wrote:
We all know what happened to Tim Treadwell and Amie Huguenard because Tim thought he knew everything and Amie believed him.
Here is a more serious matter that does not get enough press coverage in the lower forty-eight.
The Crips and the Bloods do not understand what Alaska is all about and they underestimate the citizens of Anchorage.
Leave Alaska to the the Alaskans. Their justice is real.
http://www.ktva.com/iteam/ci_11177779
I'm sorry but...Alaska has become a circle of it's own problems. Food for the bears is becoming scarce due to logging, oil pipelines, and less Salmon than ever seen before. The bears are therefore already going into the cities looking for food. They have an absolute haven rummaging through the garbage dumps, as we produce much excess for them. We are unwittingy or wittingly feeding the bears anyway. Alaska finds this problematic. Now then, if these bears become neglected, where will they find their food? Probably 50 miles South to Anchorage for the food in the dumpsters where they may now add to the already exisiting and now illegal practice of feeding the bears. Will they be shot on sight or could Palin figure out a way to control the issue of not feeding the bears by developing a strategy to take care of the real problems at hand? That being the environment and simply fencing off the garbage dumps as Charley has now had to fence off his cabin. Seems simple enough to me...but the government has certainly made an expensive issue of this. This is America. Unless this man were to be deemed legally insane, it should be his choice as to the risks he takes in life. Shall we now ban the act of self risk? Honestly! He seems to have proven the theory that coming into his terratory for 20 years is not a threat.
Listening

Natchez, MS

#17 Jun 15, 2009
jane wrote:
<quoted text> I'm sorry but...Alaska has become a circle of it's own problems. Food for the bears is becoming scarce due to logging, oil pipelines, and less Salmon than ever seen before. The bears are therefore already going into the cities looking for food. They have an absolute haven rummaging through the garbage dumps, as we produce much excess for them. We are unwittingy or wittingly feeding the bears anyway. Alaska finds this problematic. Now then, if these bears become neglected, where will they find their food? Probably 50 miles South to Anchorage for the food in the dumpsters where they may now add to the already exisiting and now illegal practice of feeding the bears. Will they be shot on sight or could Palin figure out a way to control the issue of not feeding the bears by developing a strategy to take care of the real problems at hand? That being the environment and simply fencing off the garbage dumps as Charley has now had to fence off his cabin. Seems simple enough to me...but the government has certainly made an expensive issue of this. This is America. Unless this man were to be deemed legally insane, it should be his choice as to the risks he takes in life. Shall we now ban the act of self risk? Honestly! He seems to have proven the theory that coming into his terratory for 20 years is not a threat.
Agree and that answers your question too George. People in Florida, Louisiana, have alligators they feed in their ponds for years. Do you think at the tax payers expense the police fly into their yards and patrol them? The issue is his rights are being infringed upon to the extreme in this case. It is a control issue plain and simple.
George

United States

#18 Jun 15, 2009
Listening wrote:
<quoted text>Agree and that answers your question too George. People in Florida, Louisiana, have alligators they feed in their ponds for years. Do you think at the tax payers expense the police fly into their yards and patrol them? The issue is his rights are being infringed upon to the extreme in this case. It is a control issue plain and simple.
It's not a control issue, it's a common sense issue. We have bears here too, and it's pretty much common knowledge that you don't feed them. It puts you at danger , it puts anyone whp visits you in danger and it puts anyone who may be in the general vicinity in danger.

If you want to risk your own life, whatever. But it doesn't just impact this guy. He's being irresponsible and at best, these animals will be put down. At worst, they're going to attack someone to find food.
jane

Haysville, KS

#19 Jun 15, 2009
Thank you to "Listening" for your comments. I am so pleased that some of us are beginning to understand that we are losing our freedoms.
This kind old man who has wanted nothing more than to be left alone, has been made to feel like a hardened criminal. The government stormed into his property as if they had just discovered "Jack the Ripper".
It's a good thing he complied with them. They were very heavily armed, and ready to shoot. I wonder what John McCain thinks of Sara Palin now. He must be embarrassed for having chosen such a dim wit as running mate.
Ma Snitch

United States

#20 Jun 15, 2009
And if a bear eats half his face off, of course he will foot all the med. bills.
hahahahahahah

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