In October 2020, Bill Whitaker was on a business trip to northwest Montana to report on successful American Grizzly repopulation efforts in the area. While on an expedition in the woods, he and a group of conservationists came across a trapped 300-pound grizzly bear that already had a sense of danger on high alert.
The grizzly lunged at Whitaker and the crew, but fortunately there was no need to use repellents, as the bear was only showing strength. In his comment to “60 minutes” special, said the journalist, “they [grizzlies] not to get us. They are bears, and the life of a bear is to eat and eat and eat.” Whitaker went on to explain that bear spray is the most effective remedy to take with you to areas inhabited by grizzly bears, as it will scare the bear away from the thought process. people are food, or that the food we have is “worth being attacked.”
Bear Spray can deter bears to the point where lethal force is not required, which can break endangered species law depending on the circumstances. Whitaker’s reporting on the popular news program showed both the courage and the awareness of the reality of these ferocious but largely misunderstood predatory animals.