Bears of the Last Frontier: Coming to a Screen Near You

Bear Awareness Week continues! And you can celebrate from the comfort of your own couch, thanks to a new PBS NATURE series.

Bears of the Last Frontier follows 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. Three of the eight bear species in the world – brown bears, black bears, and polar bears – can be found in Alaska.

Part 3 of this series – Arctic Wanderers – will follow bears on Alaska’s North Slope.  Featuring the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A), this episode will look at how the Reserve is one of our nation’s best-kept wild secrets – featuring the vast wilderness, Alaskans that live and subside upon its land and waters, and the diverse populations of wildlife that call the Reserve home. These special areas of the Reserve deserve the strongest possible protections – wildlife, and the surrounding communities that call the Reserve home depend upon its future.

Celebrate Bear Awareness Week with friends and attend a Bears of the Last Frontier public screening! To see a showing near you, visit  Or if you want to catch the segment on your own TV, PBS Nature airs Sunday 8/7 CT (check your local listings to be sure).

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