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Episode 3: Bison and Bears

By KTVA Alaska 12:03 PM May 17, 2015

Veteran KTVA journalist Lauren Maxwell and photographer Emily Landeen take us to the Western Alaska community of Shageluk to experience the thrill of wood bison being released into the wild. The bison disappeared from the region more than a hundred years ago.

Our guests this week on Frontiers are biologists from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game – Tom Seaton, the bison project manager, and Cathie Harms, a regional program manager. They talk about the twists and turns of project that’s been decades in the making.

We also turn from bison to bears gone rogue. Frontiers host Rhonda McBride does a post mortem on the bear family that recently wore out their welcome in the Anchorage neighborhood of Government Hill and had to be moved to the Kenai Peninsula.

This week’s “Ah, ha!” moment: most people in Anchorage don’t realize they’re sharing their city with bears. We have some amazing footage to prove it, courtesy of Fish and Game’s bear cam project.

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