We’re Going On A Bear Hike

JOEL ROSENTHAL: Nothing in this world—not sex, not food—can top just casually going
for an hour hike with a bear. JOEL ROSENTHAL: Nobody else in the world can do this. Nobody else in the world does this. COMM: At Point Of View farm in West Virginia, 74-year-old Joel Rosenthal lives with five
black bears. JOEL ROSENTHAL: Look at you Boo. COMM: He’s been rescuing wild bears for the past seven years, raising them inside
his house and keeping them safe from hunters. JOEL ROSENTHAL: I take naps with them, we play in the house, they get fed in the house,
and then as they grow, they are moved to larger facilities outside. It is really special to
be able to hike around with two or three bear cubs that are just following me. I really
have to pinch myself all the time, because I can’t believe that I am really really
doing this, that I have this relationship with these animals. COMM: Once the hunting season has passed and the bears are old enough, Joel releases them
back into the wild. JOEL ROSENTHAL: They don’t go off and become a nuisance, they don’t break into people’s
homes, they don’t attack people, they just go off and become wild bears, which is exactly
what they are genetically programmed to do. JOEL ROSENTHAL: I have had 20 bears altogether. My guess is that almost all of them have been
killed by hunters. JOEL ROSENTHAL: I try to separate my emotions from it. I have to divorce from my brain
any accumulation of grief knowing that, again, most if not all the bears that I have released
are dead. COMM: People often contact Joel when they find bears injured or abandoned in the hope
that he will take them in and the first bear came into his care in 2009. JOEL ROSENTHAL: Rose is almost 7 years old. She was raised in the house and a couple of
years ago she had a cub right here and I played with the cub every day until she went off
with the cub into the forest. She is probably about 300 pounds. JOEL ROSENTHAL: But I got to lock her up, keep her from being shot. Well, she and I
have a special relationship, if I were to let her out right now, she wouldn’t bother
anybody, but once she is off in the woods, she is just a wild bear. So this is Waffles,
Waffles is almost two years old. He is probably close to 200 pounds and he is such a sweetie.
Waffles is locked up because instead of going off and being a real bear for the summer,
he decided that he wanted to be in the house all the time. COMM: Joel lives deep in the forests, on the deserted side of a large river. This means
he can go months on end without seeing another human being. JOEL ROSENTHAL: So this is all part of Point Of View farm—non-profit charitable organisation,
a wildlife sanctuary, 262 acres and I am the only one living on this side of the river
for miles. I live all alone. I live miles from the nearest human being. I sometimes
go a month or more, two months without ever seeing another human being and I’m a happy
camper. COMM: Joel predominantly feeds his bears with meat but sometimes treats them to something
a little bit different. JOEL ROSENTHAL: Waffles likes peanut butter, but Rose does not. So she doesn’t get any
peanut butter. I give those three bears some of this meat, but actually I have been cutting
back a little bit because the temperature is getting cold. I feed them several times
a day. I want them to get used to me. I want them to become bound to me so that we have
this special relationship, which makes the entire process of raising them and eventually
releasing them a lot easier. I prefer any animal to humans. COMM: While Joel has never been attacked by one of his bears, he realises the threat they
pose due to their sheer size. JOEL ROSENTHAL: I consider bears to be very, very safe. All the statistics bare that out,
regardless of anything I am prejudiced about. Bears are wonderful animals. I have never
been attacked by a bear. We are talking about a 200 or 300 pounds animal who is stronger
than 10 human beings and quicker than a rattlesnake, and yet here I am as the doting mother trying
to discipline a huge linebacker, there is a likelihood at the very least that I am gonna
get scratched or injured a little bit, but it is not out of malice, it’s not an attack. JOEL ROSENTHAL: I’m respectful because they are wild animals despite the fact that I have
raised them. JOEL ROSENTHAL: Come on Sarah. Come on Coda. Come here. JOEL ROSENTHAL: I get a lot of attention on my Facebook page. Joel Rosenthal, I put up
lots of pictures of the animals, videos of the animals. There are people from all over
the world who now follow the exploits that happen here at Point of View Farm. JOEL ROSENTHAL: There is my boy. JOEL ROSENTHAL: There is no doubt about it that my raising, caring for, interacting with
and releasing bears into the environment has been very, very special. JOEL ROSENTHAL: I am 74 years old now. This is the culmination of my lifelong dream, to
have a place like this and it’s all happening. Here they come again. Come on Boo. JOEL ROSENTHAL: Look at you guys. Look at all three of you.

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100 Responses

  1. Haroon Abassi says:

    This must be the prequel to Goldilocks

  2. Riley Sarkissian says:

    Apparently everybody in the comments are animal experts

  3. Carmel Klein says:

    He is my kind of guy♥️

  4. Finola O Murchu says:

    This is great. Thank you Mr. Rosenthal ☘🧚‍♀️🇮🇪🧚‍♂️

  5. Moe Shemirani says:

    Mr. Rosethal can we help?

  6. Seema K says:

    Protect the earth and it's inhabitants,for we are a guardian race.

  7. Brenda Harris says:

    "nobody else does this" …………………. seems there are a lot of people doing this or something very similar…..

  8. Joshua Ferreira Lima says:

    Sorry bro but you aren’t the only person in the world that does this

  9. j.w Smith says:


  10. Battito Giallorosso says:

    I can't follow if in the subtitles there is no translation in Italian please otherwise I can't see the videos

  11. Dannon says:

    I live in the middle of a forest and bears are a daily occurrence here. We respect them, hunt them, and coexist with them but there is no way in hell you can tell me this man is raising bears…. those animals he has stopped being bears a long time ago.

  12. Sharon L says:

    God Bless you sir for helping them survive !!!

  13. GrnXnham says:

    Sigh..this is a very nice man with good intentions. But unfortunately he is condemning these bears to death by keeping them and feeding them and then letting them go into the wild.

  14. anji yarra says:

    Thank you man for video

  15. T Ballstaedt says:

    Crazy old man. Not doing wildlife any favors.

  16. Alex Grej says:

    Пока молодые ещё

  17. Alex Grej says:

    Хорошие, сытые, спасибо. Волю им дай.

  18. Brandon Wayne says:

    Clearly this man is circumcised

  19. J Legend says:

    This is the old man version of a cat lady.

  20. FIGHTFANNERD9.I'm Gay for Moonbin says:

    not a good idea

  21. Row Deo says:

    More narcissism

  22. Remington Hill says:

    What happens to all the animals when joel inevitably dies?

  23. G MONEY says:

    Keeping them safe from hunters, GOD bless him.

  24. Patrick Fuchs says:

    Black bears are the sweetest animals

  25. gerard . A says:

    Why not put High vision collars maybe hunter will avoid killing theme . And yes I prefers animals to humans to 🙂

  26. George Michael Jr says:

    No sex. Viagra is useless unless you are sticking it down their anus holes. No sucking female breastisies. What a pathetic life.

  27. Julio Inostroza says:

    God bless you

  28. Harvey PRINCE says:

    I wish a worthy person will continue your legacy of caring for these bears and the future one's that would come along…….

  29. Chally Ho says:

    Give me an animal over a human any day

  30. prazertv says:

    If you raise bear cubs, you shouldn't release them into the wild. You should give them to a sanctuary where they will be cared for and looked after. Once a bear is used to being around humans, they will lose that instinct to avoid humans.

  31. Jamie and Mabel says:

    We would like to help you continue this…. Alaskan polar bear viewing guide. Inuit.

  32. Ann SAU says:

    Humans are the real threat of wildlife and earth safety

  33. diaryofseresha says:

    Why hunting n killing bears is even Legal?Do ya guys want this animal to go extinct as well n destroy mother nature

  34. plumeria66 says:

    ban hunting, problem solved! being terrorized and massacred is not something animals deserve, especially if terrorism and murder is against the law.

  35. Alexandra Medichi says:

    Joel You are Amazing.. I am Interested in Buying A Piece of Property in W VA.. any thoughts?

  36. Alexandra Medichi says:

    Please connect with me.. ASAp. Joel..

  37. SubtleKnowledge says:

    If we recognize it or not, or admit it or not, we all live only in this very present moment. All else belongs to the fields of hope and speculation. So, looking from that point of view I can understand what Joel is doing and why he is doing it. For however brief period in these Bears lives they spend at his spread, they are clearly Happy Bears.
    Having lived for years in a place, nicely populated with Bears (mostly black) in Wrangell-St.Elias National Park, has taught me that Bears are not the ferocious critters most people want them to be. Hunters typically make themselves out as heroes after they shoot – not only Bears – but just about anything. I have yet to experience a Black Bear that would not make space on a trail when we met. Bears are good people.

  38. firesignstudio says:

    That hair though 🙂 I love bears.

  39. Barbara Hughes says:

    Hi Mr. Hunter, do you have any food for me? Pow! Yeah, no wonder they are probably all dead. Really sad, selfish and ignorant.

  40. Airik1111 says:

    I'm guessing this was one of his bears. https://youtu.be/8jRTrRxamxQ

    This is why they get shot, no fear of humans .

  41. heather watts says:

    You can’t just let them go into the friken hunters path.. They prob think the hunters are friendly

  42. Kala Spears says:

    I just half to say how rare it is to see a wild black bear i live in the foot hills of NC and ive seen two wild ones
    Both times they wonted nothing more than to get away from you prob as fast as u wont to get away from u
    But god bless and i hope you can keep your bears alive case wheni hear of people killing bears i just think one day are
    Kids wont know what a wild bear looks like its vary sad but gkd bless from nc

  43. Maria Danezis says:

    These are Gods creatures. God bless you.

  44. Maria Danezis says:

    Those hunters can f…. themselves

  45. Marciel Luta says:

    In my country moldavien this black bears was used of humans in the christmas time to make some money, them owners has learn this black bear to dance ,we children have always enjoy the christmas time when we've seen the bears dancing show .Today there was coming the germans nature activists, and all this people have to do release in the freedom all this bears, but unfortunately all this bears are been accustomed with the humans ,and can not survive without them support ,i think it's very good what you did 've for this orphans bears, but i thought all the willd animals should life in freedom , sorry for my spelling !

  46. Ax Thamar says:

    ah feel sorry for the lost of 20 bears. hunters are stupidst animals ever.
    thank you for sharing your kids with us. Keep enjoy!

  47. Yellow Cab says:

    That guy needs to spend fifty cents to buy a comb.

  48. Лисенок says:


  49. sacroarte says:

    It's simply the whim of an eccentric and capricious Jew who as he says """hates humans"""(ofcourse with different words) and in his selfish and capricious eccentricity he prefers to live surrounded by bears …, he constantly repeats it "there is no one in the world doing what I do. "
        This tremendously selfish,egocentric and capricious being doesn't care at all about the future well-being of these bears, I doubt that he's ever released one in to the wild.

    Feeding them with what he feeds them(peanut butter and waffles) it shows perfectly how much he cares about their future and well-being.

  50. Jonathan Sakks says:

    Hope they have decent long lives.

  51. Kendall Laughon says:

    Sheer joy! 🦋

  52. Jessicalball says:

    Rescuing wild bears? How is that even legal? Just let nature take its course. Too much human intervention.

  53. DEL0 Revolutionary says:


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  55. Feather American Good Eagle says:

    I think Joel has proven that bears can cope after captivity. I know for a fact that a horse can go wild after a short time in the wild, a domesticated feline can too, and a goat will definitely go wild after a short period of time in the wild.

    It is obvious that domesticated bears are not doomed after all despite what we've been told. Suburban bears are like suburban rats, for it is man who has encroached upon THEIR territory, not the other way around.
    It is the human who preys on other living beings that create danger, not humans like Mr. Rosenthal. If man could possibly live in peace with the rest of the planet, the problem would be solved.

  56. Bobby Nelson says:

    He need a gun living out there,to protect himself and the bears from hunters, there's a lot of nasty people out there,I'm so jealous of him and his relationship with the bears

  57. checkMyLikedVideos says:

    what a lucky guy and a nice guy!

  58. Deaven Snyder says:

    He’s a virgin for saying taking a walk is better than sex

  59. Paul Spencer says:

    Once on that property they should stay there, until they die from natural causes. The second they're released they're dead.

  60. Lennart Lemmy Andresen says:

    When is hunting season for hunters ?👊🏻💪

  61. Kovačević Dobrina says:

    It’s all good until one of those bears saws his head off.

  62. Shannon Xxx says:

    Hope all Safe.
    I like Animals better then humans.
    So sad they are Released. WHY!
    F–king Hunters.
    Updates would be nice.

  63. va L says:

    These bears have adorable round fuzzy butts :-). He is so lucky to have their love. I, too, have always had the opinion for years that bears are actually sweet. They mind their own business walking, smelling the plants nearby. They don't attack anyone unless in self defense to protect themselves.

  64. Lisa Rosenkoetter says:

    Hello furbabies💕 love you

  65. Jan Kiper says:

    Nice hair🙂

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  67. John Edmond says:

    Great man.

    Great ambassador for Bears and a great peek into a very private life.

    Love his family.

  68. ZuurmanStudios says:

    What a amazing guy! <3

  69. Nirvana Nature says:

    You are the light in this human infested dark jungle. Very touching video. We can not adopt wild animals in India, even they are abondened or injured, so, I am happy to live alone far away from humanity with 5 street dogs. Cheers to us and like mind people.

  70. john Isbell says:

    It continues to amaze me how docile these animals will become when they are well fed and well treated. These Bears think that this man is their Daddy and treat him with love.They have bonded with him and would always recognize him where ever they went, even if they hadn't seem him for years. They are a Family !

  71. raven bluejay says:

    there so cute

  72. CHURO ROT says:

    Old man, I prepare animals than humans

  73. Macey Price says:

    Wake up. They will eat you

  74. Valdirene BArboza says:

    Grandioso 😍

  75. Taco says:

    We as a human being must learn humanity again from the animals.

  76. AKimmd says:

    Animals are the ónly sincere creatures on this planet!

  77. becky Sawyer says:

    They’re beautiful

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  80. Annie R.Ragbir says:

    Honestly I could live there

  81. J L says:

    GOD BLESS you

  82. Cheong Cheong says:

    Hey man, you are real life grizzly Adam, may God bless you

  83. S.M.C. Kennels says:

    I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this dude ain't never got dat good pussy!

  84. Lisa Lentile says:

    Beautiful animals but just let them be wild

  85. Kapa Kapa says:

    Дедушка питомцев выгуливает 😍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  86. Mark Davis says:

    Some agree with what he is doing and some disagree with what he is doing
    Stop hunting the bears and he wouldn’t have to do this .
    Manage bear numbers in other ways so assholes can’t have em mounted on the wall or as a rug on the floor

  87. Charly Santibañez says:

    beutiful life ,

  88. jthrasher47 says:

    This guy is not very smart..he's making the bears very acclimated to humans then releasing them into the wild then whenever they go an approaching human not knowing any better they get shot ultimately it's his fault

  89. April-lheR Gunzales says:

    i wish to see those bear in personal. Thanks to great video. ilove it

  90. David reyes says:

    A lot of money to keep them

  91. Olguta La patrat says:

    "Genetically programmes to do" wise and true words. A very smart and outside the box thinker.

  92. Beer lover says:

    as much as i love this video i have to say…he is part of the problem…you are making these animals to trust humans…so they walk right into the crosshairs of hunters….i understand and agree with what he does…but at the end of the day…you get wild animals to trust humans they are dead animals…shame on him!

  93. Margaret Atleo says:

    Awe can tell they so trust you it’s other vicious humans who hunt them sorry for your loss

  94. AJ Kelly says:

    Oooo ya I got back up.. bring it lol 😂
    Has no more enemies…

  95. AJ Kelly says:

    I agree animals over humans…..

  96. Izako Palma says:

    These animals are beautiful because the one who created them is beautiful, you must love the creature more then the creation. Jesus must be your first love, he is the only one who truly satisfy your soul.

  97. j gee says:

    His hair is my everyday mood

  98. Dave Abdella says:

    Prayers to you my friend

  99. JACK Alleman says:

    Priceless buddies forever

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