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NATURE | Bears of the Last Frontier | Video Diary: Chris at the Campsite | PBS

Duration: 01:50
Program: Nature #2815

Ecologist Chris Morgan on when to go shooting in Bear Country and where to go to get some great bear footage.

Chris: "I took this video diary at camp one day - about a mile or so from the main meadow where we would regularly film bears. It's an intense experience sleeping in a tent in bear country, but we were careful to take lots of precautions, including electric fences around our tents. The fences can zap a curious bear's nose with a surprising 5000 volt zap - a clear message not to proceed any further! We were also very careful not to bring anything odorous into our tents that might attract a bear - all of our food and toiletries were stashed in big bear resistant food container barrels at least 50 yards from our tents. The weather is very changeable in June and we experienced intense heat, and cold blustery days. The bears are around no matter what, and I have to say that this was among the most intensely immersive experiences I have ever had in bear country - camping for weeks in our own little community in this busy city of bears. As I say in the video - where else can you leave camp and film 12 brown bears half an hour later? I loved every minute of it."

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Post Date: April 29, 2011