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Timothy Treadwell

Timothy TreadwellAKA Timothy William Dexter

Born: 29-Apr-1957
Birthplace: Long Island, NY
Died: 5-Oct-2003
Location of death: Katmai National Park, AK
Cause of death: Accident - Misc
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered in Katmai National Park)

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Naturalist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Consumed by bears

After giving up on being an actor, Treadwell devoted himself to the study of brown bears at Katmai National Park in southern Alaska. He became incredibly familiar with the bears he encountered, gaining their trust, camping near them, and naming them -- all the while ostensibly guarding them from poachers and the like -- and documenting it on videotape. When not among the bears he trod the lecture circuit from his home in Malibu, CA, promoting bear awareness to schoolgroups and on Letterman.

On 5 October 2003, Treadwell and his girlfriend were killed when an unfamiliar bear attacked them. Partway through the attack, Treadwell's girlfriend got the video camera turned on (though the lens remained capped), and recorded the chompy assault as well as Treadwell's last words: "Get out here, I'm getting killed". The following day park rangers discovered the campsite. Two bears charged them, and were shot. An autopsy found bits of Treadwell's clothing inside them.

Father: Valentine Dexter
Mother: Carol Ann Dexter
Sister: Vikki Pless
Girlfriend: Jewel Palovak (ex)
Girlfriend: Amie Huguenard (b. 1966, d. 5-Oct-2003 bear attack)

    University: Bradley University, Peoria, IL (dropped out 1977)

    Assault Orange County, CA (1981), arrested
    Drug Overdose
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Marijuana

Is the subject of books:
Death in the Grizzly Maze: The Timothy Treadwell Story, 2005, BY: Mike Lapinski, DETAILS: (biography)
The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears, 2005, BY: Nick Jans

Author of books:
Among Grizzlies: Living with Wild Bears in Alaska (1997, nature)

Is the subject of documentaries:
Grizzly Man, 2005, DETAILS: Written & directed by Werner Herzog

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