Herzog believes that Treadwell's death among the bears renders his life among the bears a kind of bleak joke.
A little of both, of course. If Timothy models unsafe behavior, that ultimately puts bears and other visitors at risk. This put him and Huguenard at greater risk, as in this period, bears are aggressive about searching for food to store up calories for hibernation during the winter.
Other park rangers point out that the bears were not threatened by poachers, but Treadwell's actions put them at real risk of harm and death. He even praises Treadwell as a good filmmaker: as Treadwell stands talking in the foreground of the frame, the bears play behind him or scoop up salmon in sparkling water; in other shots, a couple of foxes leap across the grass in the middle of a Treadwell monologue.
After her friend's death, Palovak was left with control of Grizzly People and Treadwell's hours of archival footage. She quoted Treadwell as saying, "'If I die, if something happens to me, make that movie.
Some directors do that. Near the very end of the film, he confesses, "And what haunts me is that in all the faces of all the bears that Treadwell ever filmed, I discover no kinship, no understanding, no mercy.
And while we watch the animals in their joys of being, in their grace and ferociousness"--look how far we've come already from the "overwhelming indifference of nature"--"a thought becomes more and more clear.
The animal that killed him was one that had emerged, probably starving, from farther inland. He demands that God make it rain and, what do you know, it does. The versions televised on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet both retain this scene.
They will take me out, they will decapitate me, they will chop me up into bits and pieces I'm dead.