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SNP Bears On Discovery

Black Bear Sow & Cub - Shenandoah National Park, VA


EXPLORED May 22nd, 2013


The Discovery Channel series North America premiered this past Sunday night (May 19th) and quite a few people have been asking me about the Black Bears that were shown in Episode 1 'Born to be Wild'. So I decided to create this post in hopes it will clarify a few items (my last post about it is here).


Yes those are the SNP bears that I helped the film crew locate, but they are not the sow and cub which are shown in the beginning in a den, those 2 bears were filmed elsewhere about a month before the film crew came to SNP. The coyote is also from SNP, but wasn't in the same location as the Bears, it was filmed in the adjoining woods next to Big Meadows about 3 weeks later. The 'magic' of film making :-) The 2 Whitetail fawns shown playing were also from Big Meadows. The Wild Turkey gobbler seen in the ending segment of Episode 2 was also filmed in the Big Meadows area.


I am not sure what happened to the filming company Wild Horizons LTD. Their web site has been taken down and the email bounces as well. Plus in the beginning of all this, the series was named Wild Planet: North America, but at release time it simply became North America. I was quite disappointed that the close-up footage of the cub nursing was not shown, and some other footage as well - hopefully that will be shown in an upcoming episode.


I also find it to be rather odd that Shenandoah National Park is not included in the Location list of the episode information on this page: I'm puzzled by this - they spent 4 weeks here between April and June and paid me a couple thousand dollars. I'm thinking it may have something to do with the split out from the Wild Horizons film crew, not sure though. I submitted a few comments on that episode page about it but they didn't approve them to be displayed. (UPDATE: they have since removed the comments section!)


BTW, this post has 3 other images in the 1st comment box below it ( first 2 are video clip stills), but due to the new Flickr layout, not all comments are displayed after the first few comments are they make you click on a link to 'View XX more comments'.


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Taken on April 19, 2011