Questionable Activities...

Because we take our wilderness and wildlife seriously, we hope that you will give your voice to protest questionable activities that have taken place within Katmai National Park and Preserve.

The wildlife cannot do this for themselves ~ You must be their voice!

To protect Katmai National Park and its wildlife, commercial businesses that want to make video or movie productions inside the park are required to apply for a permit in order to undertake these activities within the park. The permit process allows the park to ensure that the videographers or photographers will meet ethical standards regarding interacting with wildlife and will protect vulnerable environments while filming.  These permits are expensive and time-consuming to prepare and submit.  Sometimes photographers have not obtained these permits, and thus have not produced videos or films following ethical standards.  (see sidebar for filming information)

The BBC has filmed in Katmai National Park and followed ethical standards. We hope others who decide to film in our majestic Katmai National Park will obtain the required permits and thus demonstrate that they have met these higher ethical standards when profiting from Katmai National Park’s wildlife and wilderness.

The video below shows kinds of activities with bears we do not condone. Katmai National Park’s large brown bears are wild animals.  While they may appear to ignore the presence of humans at times, it is never acceptable to come too close, as bears are individuals who may be irritated or threatened by the presence of humans, and may act accordingly. The National Park Service insists that ethical human visitors avoid intrusive interaction with bears ( NPS Laws & Policy).  It is permissible to observe, from a respectful distance, brown bears going about their normal activities, as long as the human observers avoid disturbing the bears.  Unfortunately, some people put their own desires ahead of the safety and well-being of these magnificent animals.  Some have entered the park and had themselves videoed while engaged in potentially dangerous and intrusive encounters with brown bears. 

This type of unwise and intrusive human interaction with the bears, seen in this video, puts these magnificent natural inhabitants at risk -- and especially so when the bears are later confronted with hunters whom they do not fear because they became habituated to the encounters with this human.  Sadly, this video shows Mr. Bittner, the filmmaker, produced this video with complete disregarded of wildlife ethics.

 Many people believe that once they have viewed actions such as shown in the video, they can also do this type of intrusive interaction with bears, which is life-threatening to both bears and humans!

Thank you.

Sure, good video, exceptional visuals - the major downside is that these bears have now been used to being approached by the videographer and his crew, making it much easier for hunters to walk right up to the bears and kill them.  Also, there are many people who will view these videos showing such behavior by the photographer and think that they, too, will be able to walk up and stand next to bears!  This is exceptionally unethical by Mr. Bittner to promote this type of behavior.  Who in the permitting departments of Alaska allowed this activity to happen? We are researching this.

 

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago...
had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
 - Havelock Ellis