DENVER (CBS4) – As CBS4’s “Bear Week” coverage has continued, Critic at Large Greg Moody had a question — how has Hollywood affected how we look at bears as well as wildlife in general?
“From Yogi Bear to Gentle Ben — ‘Kung Fu Panda’ to ‘Night of the Grizzly’ — Hollywood has spent generations indoctrinating us as to how to behave around bears — almost all of it wrong,” Moody said.
Watch Moody’s report in the video below:
“People usually want to see the good side of things so I think it lends to people being willing to take more risks and not understanding the distances they need to keep and not understanding that they’re wild animals. So I think that this probably puts us in a worse predicament,” said Brian Aucone with Animal Collections at the Denver Zoo.
Take for instance the situation about 20 years ago in Anchorage, Alaska when a tourist decided it would be a good idea to jump two fences to get a better picture. That’s when Binky the polar bear attacked. The tourist did escape but not without injury.
“People thinking that it’s okay because they see what appears to be a gentle giant, which is actually a wild animal which can be very dangerous,” said Aucone.
– Greg Moody is CBS4’s Critic At Large. His reports on CBS4 News are featured on the CBSDenver.com Entertainment section.