Bears of the Last Frontier is a three-part series about Alaska’s grizzly, black and polar bears that aired on PBS Nature in May of 2011. The three episodes were created by Chris Morgan, co-Director of Grizzly Bear Outreach Project, and award-winning filmmaker, Joe Ponticorvo. Production of the series took two years, during which time Chris and Joe spent months in the wild backcountry of Alaska. They captured unbelievable footage that gets your heart racing, whether from the stunning Alaskan scenery or seeing the amazing power of wild bears.
You can stream the complete episodes for free from the PBS Nature website:
Bears of the Last Frontier Preview – Interview with Chris Morgan – 2:22
In this interview, Chris Morgan explains why he and Joe created this series and the impact they hope it will have on bear conservation.
Bears of the Last Frontier Preview – The Manhattan of Bear Country- 1:09
Find out what makes the Alaska Peninsula a unique location for the study of grizzly bears. There is no other place on earth with the concentration of bears and other conditions that allow this type of observation.
Listen to The Grizzly Bear Outreach Project’s (predecessor to WWO) 60, 30, and 15 second radio Bear Smart PSAs. Co-Director Chris Morgan narrates the PSAs and informs residents that they can play an important role in reducing encounters by taking simple steps when living and recreating in bear country.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife – Preventing Conflict with Black Bears – 1:59
Many Washington communities are situated in the middle of bear country. Learn from an expert how to avoid attracting black bears into your back yard.
Finding and monitoring bears in rugged Northwest parks has always been dicey. Today, through genetic testing, tufts of bear hair can tell scientists how many animals live in an area, how far they range, and how closely related they are to one another. In this video a National Park Service biologist demonstrates how to snag bear hair using innovative techniques that include barbed wire, high-tech cameras, and some really stinky scent lure.