Nature: Bears Of The Last Frontier: Arctic Wanderers
Airs Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published May 20, 2011 at 9:44 a.m., updated July 6, 2012 at 12:14 p.m.
Get up close and personal with North American bears in NATURE's three-part special "Bears Of The Last Frontier." NATURE joins adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan on a year-long motorcycle odyssey deep into Alaska’s bear country to explore the amazing resiliency and adaptability of these majestic animals as they struggle to make a living in five dramatically diverse Alaskan ecosystems: coastal, urban, mountain, tundra, and pack ice.
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During the filming of "Bears Of The Last Frontier," Chris and Joe traversed the Alaskan wilderness in search of the state’s wild bear populations. Click on a marker in this map for video, images, and text associated with that ‘location’—markers reference general shaded areas and are not site-specific.
It’s early November and winter is coming on. But each year, the polar bears struggle for extended periods on dwindling fat reserves, waiting for the opportunity to hunt on sea ice that takes longer to freeze.
In early spring, Morgan joins local hunters in Barrow, the northernmost city in Alaska, as they go out on their own hunts, facing some of the same challenges as the bears.
In late spring, Morgan travels to the North Slope of the Brooks Range, where countless thousands of caribou cover the ground for miles. The grizzlies are waiting for them, as they have for thousands of years.