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NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone

Airs Wed., Dec. 25, 2013 at 8 p.m. & Sun., Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: ©Tom Murphy

Above: A bison stops near Crested Pool in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park.

As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year.

NATURE "Christmas In Yellowstone" follows in the snowy footprints of Yellowstone’s red foxes, spies on the predatory warfare of wolves and elk, and climbs into the den of a grizzly bear that gives birth to two cubs while deep in hibernation.

In addition to mesmerizing footage of landscapes and wildlife, trail alongside author and photographer Tom Murphy, who has been coming to Yellowstone for the past 26 winters, camping and photographing amid the silence and solitude of the park.

And go behind the scenes with filmmaker Shane Moore to find out how he kept up with Murphy during an at times harrowing trek, reminiscent of the legendary John Colter’s first journey into the park nearly two hundred years ago.

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Preview: Nature: Christmas In Yellowstone

Video Excerpt: Nature: Christmas In Yellowstone

A red fox shows its ingenious method of catching rodents that it can hear - but not see - beneath the snow. Join NATURE for a breathtaking look at wintertime deep within America's first national park.

Christmas In Yellowstone: Hibernating Bear

"Christmas in Yellowstone" - This bear has been in a state of hibernation since November. Her heart rate has slowed, she takes fewer than two breaths per minute, and she wont eat or drink for up to five months. Join NATURE for a breathtaking look at wintertime deep within America's first national park.

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