Bear Slaughtered for Discovery Channel TV
Various news reports have surfaced about a bear that was senselessly killed during the production of the Discovery Channel Show Gold Rush Alaska. It appears that the production crew wanted to stage a bear killing regardless of the reality of their interactions with bears in the wild. Read more about this senseless killing here and here.
This incident highlights the disparity between actual bear behavior and popular perceptions of bears as violent killers. Since the wild bear in this incident actually wasn’t a violent threat, the show lost the drama they wanted to create using stereotypes about bear’s violent behavior. A bear’s life was lost so that false perceptions of bears could be further disseminated to the public.