Thursday, March 1, 2012

Maneaters: Bears DVD Review

Using real footage mixed with dramatic reconstructions, survivors of man-eating bear attacks talk through their gut-wrenching en¬counters, while experts analyze bear behavior and explain the reasons why one of the world’s most formidable predators is turning on us. Along with Maneaters: Bears, four additional features of ter¬rifying bear scares from Human Prey and Stranger Among Bears combine to caution viewers of the life-threatening situations that can arise when man meets bear. See examples of human behavior that may put us at risk. Learn how to react when faced with these unexpected dangers. And witness the miracle of survival against all odds. Maneaters: Bears takes the viewer up close and personal as father and daughter hikers are savagely attacked, a camper nearly loses his hand, and a gardener is lucky to survive an ambush in her own front garden. (Source: Discovery Store)

Bears are cool. From our first teddy bears to viewing them at the zoo and, if you’re lucky and at a safe distance, seeing them in the wild, bears are one of nature’s alpha creatures that have captured man’s imagination for ages. Unfortunately, they are also feared and, what man fears, man often destroys.

When I first saw the DVD cover, I was expecting an anti-bear movie, justifying humans killing them to protect “our space.” The title “Maneaters” also gave me some concern. But this is Animal Planet, part of the Discovery Group, and, while they definitely are all about the entertainment value, they are also good about education. So I deferred judgment.

Right off the bat, I wouldn’t recommend this to kids, not sure at what age this would be appropriate. The reenacted bear attack scenes gave even me pause, with incredibly loud sound of the attacks and copious blood spattered in all directions. Photos of the actual damage inflicted by the bears are truly scary.

But…there’s always a but. There is a lot of great information included, and the bears are actually cast in a beneficial light, with humans taking the brunt of responsibility for most maulings and the rare death. Lots of ways to protect yourself, to take precautions. While one might want to be as quiet as possible, to view and hear nature at its purest, in bear country you want to give notice. As a non-hunter, one statistic really gladdened my heart – most attacks occur when a bear reaches an animal shot by a hunter while the hunter is near the animal. Another good reason not to hunt with anything beyond a camera lens.

This is an entertaining and highly informative DVD – beyond the somewhat overwrought attack reenactments, this is, as so many things from Discovery, a worthwhile view.

To purchase, visit the Discovery Store.

(Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free to review on my blog - via Krupp Kommunications, Inc. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give it a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the websites, the opinions are my own.)

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  1. I think it would be an interesting one. I should have found this one before going to Yellowstone/Tetons last summer!

  2. Glad you previewed it - our bed is a little small for 6:)

  3. I'm a firm believer of accepting your place in the food chain and spend zero time being critical about bears who attack humans in the wild.

  4. Bears are why I always try and run with someone slower then me when its a deep woods trail run. I dont have to out run the bear, just my friend.


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