Alaska cracks down on 'Stranger Among Bears' star

There are 19 comments on the May 24, 2009, Bennington Banner story titled Alaska cracks down on 'Stranger Among Bears' star. In it, Bennington Banner reports that:

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 ...

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dangit

Bethel, AK

#172 Sep 25, 2009
can someone delete posts 169 and 170? man this is stupid.
dangit

Bethel, AK

#173 Sep 25, 2009
and 171
NRA LIFE MEMBER

Albany, NY

#174 Sep 25, 2009
Thank you Alaska obviously you and I are the only ones who are at all educated on this matter.I have been studying the habits of bears for almost 20 years and one thing I know is when they have nothing to eat they will eat anything.And as you stated 50 miles to a bear is like a walk to the corner store.
George

United States

#175 Sep 25, 2009
dangit wrote:
can someone delete posts 169 and 170? man this is stupid.
Stupid because the posts were factual?
Duke

Pittsfield, MA

#176 Sep 26, 2009
This sounds like a job for Sara Palin. Too bad she quit so soon. She could've been all over the news after the S.W.A.T. Team she ordered to go in gunned down Yogi,Boo-Boo and the 'Old Guy'. That image of her standing there holding a rifle,surrounded by the dead bodies of the bears and the Stranger Among them,what a great Campaign Poster that would've been when she runs in 2012! Not only that,but she could have regaled the people with that story during all of the speeches she's making millions of dollars doing between now and Election time. Hey look,I have a friend who lives in the country,off-the-beaten path,so to speak,and he has squirrels in his yard that come to his window or on his porch,but no one is threatening to arrest the guy for being a "Stranger Among Squirrels". Then again,no ones been attacked by a squirrel,either. Not that I ever heard of,anyway. But,I'll bet if they got you on the ground,a gang of squirrels could do some serious damage. Espcially,to your nuts. Leave the guy alone. If the bears end up having him for lunch,then that's his problem. But,for the time being,I don't see where he's doing any harm. You know,not all of the stories we hear about animals being vicious or ferocious are true. Except maybe in the case of the Great White Shark. But,then you don't have to worry about being attacked by one of them,unless you go where he lives,which I am not planning on doing. Now,on the other hand,if I am sitting at a red light,and look over and see a Great White in the car next to me,'HIS ASS IS MINE'!
dangit

Bethel, AK

#177 Sep 27, 2009
George wrote:
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Stupid because the posts were factual?
no. i double-posted.
dangit

Bethel, AK

#178 Sep 27, 2009
i changed my post name to "dangit" because I didn't think it would let me post to ask to have those posts removed if i were under the same name.
George

United States

#179 Sep 28, 2009
dangit wrote:
i changed my post name to "dangit" because I didn't think it would let me post to ask to have those posts removed if i were under the same name.
I don't get what you found so objectionable about those posts that they should be removed.

He's right. It is irresponsible to feed bears, regardless of where he lives.
NRA LIFE MEMBER

Albany, NY

#180 Sep 28, 2009
He doesn't find them objectionable. He is the one that posted them but he accidentally posted them twice so he wanted one of them removed.
George

United States

#181 Sep 28, 2009
NRA LIFE MEMBER wrote:
He doesn't find them objectionable. He is the one that posted them but he accidentally posted them twice so he wanted one of them removed.
Wow. Duh on me then. Sorry.
NRA LIFE MEMBER

Albany, NY

#182 Sep 28, 2009
No problem George glad to here you are on our side.
BadKarma

Morenci, AZ

#183 Sep 28, 2009
He is an idiot and is just creating more problems for other people and the bears.
Alaska

Bethel, AK

#184 Sep 28, 2009
NRA LIFE MEMBER wrote:
He doesn't find them objectionable. He is the one that posted them but he accidentally posted them twice so he wanted one of them removed.
Yup. I'm "Alaska" and "dangit". I had a hard time figuring this website out. I initially thought that my post continuing the first one had covered it up, so I tried re-doing it and I ended up double-posting. Thanks, NRA for pointing that out.
Former Student of Charlie

Corona, CA

#186 Sep 30, 2009
Dear Editor,
My daughter (9 year old) and I watched the bears and Charlie's interaction with them on "Animal Planet". I really didn't recognise him until he slapped a bear the same as he did me, when I wasn't operating correctly in school or during practice - I laughed at my teacher out of the past, that forced me to learn Math, Science, the Periodic Table of the Elements and basic Physics at Mears Junior High and made me like it.

Now with respect to the bears. I think that he is not operating correctly, these are dangerous animals. He should not feed them, because they are unpredictable and will eat him - humans are part of their normal diet and have been for millions of years.

He should be allowed to conduct all of the filming that he wants and sell it to the world, just like any other nature series. It will all come to an end soon enough.

Now if Charlie wants to get eaten, it is his problem and the State of Alaska should leave him alone. They only know about him because he made a movie.

Understand that while growing up in Alaska, I saw more State Fish and Game Biologists and Employees harassing, tormenting and killing wild game more than anyone ever, based on their interest in science, distribution of species, environmental impact, etc. Once again, they are off the wall and need to be shut down with respect to Charlie.

If Charlie wants to get eaten - it is his prerogative.

Thanks,
Gene Eidem,
Registered Professional Engineer, MBA
Major, US Army Reserve
NRA LIFE MEMBER

Albany, NY

#187 Oct 1, 2009
The issue has nothing to do with Charlie and whether or not he gets eaten.The issue is he is teaching wild animals that people are a food source.Again I ask what happens when he is no longer feeding them and they go elsewhere in search of an easy meal?
George

United States

#188 Oct 1, 2009
Former Student of Charlie wrote:
Dear Editor,
My daughter (9 year old) and I watched the bears and Charlie's interaction with them on "Animal Planet". I really didn't recognise him until he slapped a bear the same as he did me, when I wasn't operating correctly in school or during practice - I laughed at my teacher out of the past, that forced me to learn Math, Science, the Periodic Table of the Elements and basic Physics at Mears Junior High and made me like it.
Now with respect to the bears. I think that he is not operating correctly, these are dangerous animals. He should not feed them, because they are unpredictable and will eat him - humans are part of their normal diet and have been for millions of years.
He should be allowed to conduct all of the filming that he wants and sell it to the world, just like any other nature series. It will all come to an end soon enough.
Now if Charlie wants to get eaten, it is his problem and the State of Alaska should leave him alone. They only know about him because he made a movie.
Understand that while growing up in Alaska, I saw more State Fish and Game Biologists and Employees harassing, tormenting and killing wild game more than anyone ever, based on their interest in science, distribution of species, environmental impact, etc. Once again, they are off the wall and need to be shut down with respect to Charlie.
If Charlie wants to get eaten - it is his prerogative.
Thanks,
Gene Eidem,
Registered Professional Engineer, MBA
Major, US Army Reserve
Humans are not a part of bears' normal diet. Bears are normally scared of humans. What Charlie is teaching them is to not be scared of humans. When he is gone and they need food, they are going to look to humans to get it. Then they will be shot.

At the very least, he is dooming these animals to a death sentence. At the worst, he is endangering other people as well.
Elmer Fudd

United States

#189 Oct 5, 2009
Dave

Pittsfield, MA

#190 Oct 5, 2009
I suppose it's better than being 'BEAR AMONG STRANGERS'....
Dave

Pittsfield, MA

#191 Oct 5, 2009
Make that 'BARE AMONG STRANGERS'.

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