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PBS update – Anchorage bears, and arctic caribou – FINALLY found ’em!

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Joe films me in an Anchorage park talking about urban bears. Picture taken while filming for our PBS NATURE special about Alaska’s bears. (c) Chris Morgan

 

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A moose calf hiding out in Anchorage. Picture taken while filming for our PBS NATURE special about Alaska’s bears. (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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Picture taken while filming for our PBS NATURE special about Alaska’s bears. (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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Heading back to the Brooks Range in the arctic – the search for half a million caribou begins in earnest.  (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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We landed on a dry lake bed, hitting some soft spots on the way. Picture taken while filming for our PBS NATURE special about Alaska’s bears. (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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Been in the bush too long. It’s beginning to show. Picture taken while filming for our PBS NATURE special about Alaska’s bears.  (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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Fitting the cineflex camera to Daniel Zatz’s helicopter. Picture taken while filming for our PBS NATURE special about Alaska’s bears. (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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Caribou trails – EVERYWHERE! Picture taken while filming for our PBS NATURE special about Alaska’s bears.  (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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It’s pretty amazing skimming over the landscape in search of caribou from the helicopter.  (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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After a couple of days out on the tundra the helicopter comes in to relocate Joe and I.  (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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“Still no caribou here”! Picture taken while filming for our PBS NATURE special about Alaska’s bears. (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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Beautiful spring flowers everywhere. Picture taken while filming for our PBS NATURE special about Alaska’s bears. (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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And then……what we’ve been looking for for days. The herd – or part of it.  (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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But then the fog came in! Picture taken while filming for our PBS NATURE special about Alaska’s bears. (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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We had to get off the mountain top quickly or we could have been stranded there due to fog for days.  (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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The fog clears are begins to reveal a line of caribou joining the main herd.  (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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A grizzly bear follows caribou trails to a potential meal.  (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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Finally – what I have always dreamed of doing – walking among the herd in the western arctic.  (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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Simply unbelievable. I was speechless. Picture taken while filming for our PBS NATURE special about Alaska’s bears.  (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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Picture taken while filming for our PBS NATURE special about Alaska’s bears. (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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Picture taken while filming for our PBS NATURE special about Alaska’s bears. (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

 

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Mission accomplished – helicopter comes to pull us out of camp after being stranded by fog.  (c) Chris Morgan www.insightwildlife.com

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