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Man vs. Bear, without Troy Hurtubise

A new TV series called “Man Vs Bear” tries to fulfill some of the ambitions of Ig Nobel Prize winner Troy Hurtubise, but without using the protective suits of armor that Troy tried to perfect. The TV producers describe what they hope to portray:

For thousands of years, Grizzly Bears have stood at the top of the evolutionary food chain with unchallenged dominance. Now for the first time ever, humans will be entering the bear’s turf and take them on in a competition like never before attempted.

Back then, there was Troy

Troy Hurtubise was awarded the 1998 Ig Nobel Prize for safety engineering, for developing, and personally testing a suit of armor that is impervious to grizzly bears.

You can see some of Troy’s early work, in the documentary film “Project Grizzly“, produced by the National Film Board of Canada:

Then, a grizzly man who did not heed the teachings of Troy

Like the people in this new TV series, others have tried interacting warmly with grizzly bears. At least one of those people did not fare well. You can read about that in the little essay “Farewell, Treadwell. Praised Be Troy” (That little essay is about, among other things, the movie “Grizzly Man“, with a cameo of sorts by actor Leonardo DiCaprio.) Here is a promotional trailer for “Grizzly Man”:

Appendix: Farewell, Troy

Troy Hurtubise himself did come to a sad end, but not one that involved grizzly bears.

 

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