Tag archives for Bears

On last week’s episode of The Savage Line, animal guard Cory Valdes stumbled upon a fer-de-lance, a vicious snake whose name in French, roughly translated, means “lance head.” But while most know the snake as such, it has another, slightly less memorable name: Bothrops lanceolatus. Why does a snake with such an interesting, aggressive name…

“If you have to abandon ship, you need a lifeboat.” – Glenn Villenueve Several episodes ago, Glenn Villenueve returned to his camp in the Brooks Range. Glenn’s life at 65 miles north of the Arctic Circle is completely isolated from civilization, and if a bear attacks his cabin, he’s on his own. A nature purist dedicated…

For Sue Aikens, surviving in the Arctic means planning ahead. “If you have one foot in yesterday, one foot in tomorrow, you’re not living in today,” she says. “But part of my footstep has to be in tomorrow so I can survive today.” On this week’s all-new Life Below Zero, Sue makes a big move…

It’s time to freeze. On the new season of Life Below Zero, the series’ Alaskans are in preparation mode in the weeks before winter arrives, fighting to stock enough food, fortify their buildings and gather the resources they need before they’re hit with months of darkness, isolation and bone-chilling cold. For Sue Aikens, the challenges this winter are tougher…

Falter and die. Surviving on the Arctic tundra requires constant awareness: when to be silent, when to reach for a gun, when to flee. On Life Below Zero, wilderness guide Erik Salitan lives a self-sufficient lifestyle 67 miles north of the Arctic Circle, braving harsh elements and deadly wildlife to survive in total freedom. To…

For many Alaskans living in the Arctic wilderness, the physical toils of living off the land come second to the mental struggle of survival. Facing a life of isolation, darkness and cold, only the strongest make it through. On the season premiere of Life Below Zero, five groups of Alaskans overcome challenges in the wild and…

Military, Woodsmen, Mountaineers and Endurance: the four teams on Ultimate Survival: Alaska are equally matched and eager to win. Tonight, the teams set off on the Alaska Panhandle from Chichagof Island. Their routes will take them through the dangerous heart of bear country, home to more brown bears per square mile than any other place on earth. After winning…

One of the last things any hiker wants to run into on the trail is a bear. Highly territorial, large, powerful creatures with huge teeth and claws bring a shudder of fear to anyone that comes across one. With the highest density of brown bears in North America, Admiralty Island presents it’s own unique challenges…

Bear Attack

© Grizzly Creek Films/ Rick Smith Naturalist Casey Anderson raised his six-foot, 800-pound best friend – grizzly bear Brutus – from birth. And for the last five spring seasons, Casey’s been safely studying wild bears’ natural behaviors in a cabin just west of Yellowstone. Ninety-nine percent of Yellowstone’s visitors never leave the park roads. Out…

Bear Trap

Black bears are opportunistic omnivores, feeding on everything from plants to salmon to garbage remnants and insects. And if they are habituated to human food, black bears can become dangerous. While solitary bears are not likely to assault people if left alone, there’s a possibility they will charge and attack if they feel threatened. Additionally,…

Bear Battle

More than 2,000 brown bears call Katmai National Park home. Early in the spring season, brown bears emerge from winter hibernation, ravenous from six or seven months of surviving only on stored body fat. They have lost more than a third of body weight, so these lean, hungry bears feed on grasses until an opportunity…

Autumn is in full swing, and temperatures are dropping across the United States. And in America’s first national park, Yellowstone, wildlife species are transitioning and preparing for winter. As the season shifts and the promise of snow lingers in the cool air, many of Yellowstone’s wildlife species move from high country to low country. Grazing…

When Polar Bears Attack

Examine the incredible size, speed and strength of some of the world’s biggest bears – the polar bear, brown bear and black bear. All native to North America, these formidable creatures can weigh more than 1,000 pounds, outrun an Olympic sprinter and take out prey with a single bite or swipe of the paw. Ultimate…

Hungry Ice Bears

Let me paint you a picture of the Arctic in winter: temperatures plummet to fifty below, it’s pitch dark by noon and white stretches in every direction. But polar bears, also called ice bears, have adapted to suit intense weather conditions of the Arctic.  Polar bears have longer necks to peek over the ice in…

Surprise Bear Encounter

Get ready for your fall camping trips and educate yourself on bear attacks. Casey Anderson gets some tips from a bear-attack survivor. All you have to do is pay attention to the signs right in front of you.  Expedition Wild: Inside a Grizzly Attack premieres Monday October 11 at 9P et/pt on Nat Geo Wild.…

Man Mauled by a Bear

Vitaly Nikolaenko, a self-taught bear naturalist and amateur photographer, spent most of his life tracking some of the world’s biggest brown bears until he was viciously killed by one. After his nearly 30 years of experience working in close proximity with bears, what made this one suddenly turn on him? Could it have been a…

Grizzlies Fishing

Even though summer has arrived in the Alaska Peninsula, the rivers are still freezing cold. And it’s here in these chilly waters that grizzly bears converge annually to fish for spawning salmon. Unimak – the largest of the Aleutian islands – is home to the second largest land omnivore on the planet, the coastal brown bear. Known…

Many people can identify nests in the wild, especially if they are home to a common bird species. But did you know about these unusual nest makers in the animal kingdom? Animals create nests for a whole host of reasons. Perhaps it offers security from predators, or shelter from harsh weather conditions. Possibly it’s a…

What’s Expedition Wild’s Casey Anderson been up to recently? Well, he’s been filming with his best friend Brutus and sharing photos along the way. You can keep track of his frequent updates on Casey’s Facebook or Twitter page. Check out his recent photos — a bobcat came into his backyard! Yesterday Casey writes:Meet Oly! He…

Source: User Dmano. One of the more imposing creatures that the Swamp Men  have to corral in the course of a workday at Billie Swamp Safari in Big Cypress Swamp is the Florida black bear. Ursus americanus floridanus a sub species of the black bear, is the biggest native land mammal in the state. Males…

Spectacled Bear Moms

Photo credit: Mehgan Murphy, National Zoo Spectacled bears – also called Andean – are South America’s only bear species. Solitary and shy, these bears generally only meet for breeding. And while males play no part in rearing cubs, Spectacled bear females make excellent mothers. A pregnant Spectacled bear will look for an isolated place, such…

Grizzly Encounter

Expedition Wild: Grizzly Encounters premieres Monday April 26 at 9P et/pt. By Eric Bendick It was a bright and sunny winter morning at the Montana Grizzly Encounter, nestled high in the sparkling snow-covered mountains above the Gallatin Valley of Montana. The better part of the last three hours had been spent filming the beginning of…

Casey Anderson joined ABC’s Good Morning America this morning to talk about the new series Expedition Wild. Casey explains that Brutus is his best friend and even though Brutus spends 90% of his time being a bear in the sanctuary, the other 10% they enjoy each other’s company. How can you resist a grizzly bear…

Nat Geo Wild Launch Party

At 7:45 AM this morning, we all gathered around the Marketing Department’s TVs to watch the first program of Nat Geo Wild (sorry the picture was taken from a cell phone!). Geoff Daniels, the head of Nat Geo Wild’s programming department, made a quick speech before heading off to do another radio interview. Through everyone’s…