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Title Natural Mysteries: The Bodiless Bear - Ep 1 of 3 / Director: Chard, Duncan
Published Australia : ABC1, 2006
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Summary In the heart of the American West the bodies of four black bears were discovered. There were macabre scenes of severed heads, disarticulated remains and dismembered bodies turned inside out. The investigation that followed these chilling discoveries, changed the way Yellowstone bears were viewed forever.Set in the mountainous and inhospitable back country of Yellowstone this is the true story of the struggle between two of America's top predators in one of the last true wildernesses in the US, where people rarely set foot and animals reign supreme. Yellowstone is a place of powerful and primal forces. It is the last place in the US where all of the large mammal predators can still be found and is the setting for a battle that seems as ancient as the mountains themselves.What was going on in Yellowstone?The story follows the investigation as it weaves its way from one killing to the next. A series of four black bear deaths occurred, each one at a different time of year, in very different settings and in very different habitat. Each was gruesome in its own way. Upon examination of all the evidence, investigators discounted the wolves, mountain lions and wolverines, leaving just the bears themselves. But Yellowstone is home to two species of bear, the black bear and the grizzly. So which species of bear could have carried out these killings?Cannibalism within bear species was well understood so could it be a black bear that has killed another black bear? Or alternatively could it be the scarcer but much more aggressive grizzly bear? If so these would be the first accounts of such killings in Yellowstone. The scientists were determined to find out.PRODUCTION DETAILS:Executive Producers: Graham Booth & Andrew Jackson; Director: Duncan Chard. A Tigress production for Five, National Geographic Channel & Granada International
Event Broadcast 2009-12-17 at 21:30:00
Notes Classification: PG
Subject Bears -- Behavior.
Black bear -- Ecology.
Black bear -- Food.
Black bear -- Habitat.
Predation (Biology)
United States -- Yellowstone National Park.
Form Streaming video
Author Chard, Duncan, director
McGann, Paul, cast