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"Season of the Bear, Volume 3: True Bear Stories"
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People are always asking us to tell them bear stories, what it is like to see wild bears and spend time photographing them. They are also happy to tell us their true bear stories. So, this winter, while the cold wind was raging, and the snow was blowing, and the bears were in their warm winter dens snoozing away, we invited some people who have seen black bears to share some of their most memorable bear stories with us; some you have met before on our other documentaries, some you have not. But the one thing they, and we, all have in common, is many many hours of watching and sometimes interacting with wild bears.
Anyone who sees wild bears and tells what they did, or anyone who photographs or films the bears showing their behavior, contributes in some way to the overall body of knowledge of bears. In this way, we are all researchers, just at different levels. By watching long sequences of bear behavior we can see things we have not seen before and understand a little more about bears. Just when you think you have heard it all - about black bears - you hear something new and interesting that you had not heard before.
The people who are telling true bear stories in this documentary know a lot about bears, and have hundreds of hours watching bears in the wild. They know much about these beautiful creatures, and in some instances, have personal knowledge about certain bears that they have met. They share these personal stories with us here, in the third bear program in our educational bear series, "Season of the Bear."
These people are very different, and their perceptions and experiences with wild bears are very different. And yet, similar threads make up all of their stories: that wild bears are intelligent, compassionate, and resilient; that wild bears are majestic, awe inspiring and interesting; that the world has many dangers for wild bears; and that wild bears have many stories of their own to tell, through our eyes and cameras.
1. "Storytelling" - Bear videographer, Kate Marshall Graphics
- Why people tell true stories, why stories about charismatic animals are so interesting
2. "The Story of the Bridge Bear" - BEAR League, about a California bear
- What happens when a bear gets stuck on a bridge
3. "The Story of Bear #75" - National Park Service, about a Great Smoky Mountains National Park bear
- Why some bears are relocated, how understanding bears helps us manage them better
4. "The Story of the Five Bears" - Appalachian Bear Rescue, Great Smoky Mountains National Park cubs
- How 5 orphaned bear cubs from 3 different mothers created their own family
5. "The Story of Scott's First Bear" - Bear Author & Painter, about Adirondack and Georgia bears
- What it is like to see a bear for the first time and the impression it makes on us all
6. "The Story of the Picnic Bear" - Bear videographer, about a Great Smoky Mountains National Park bear
- The bear that began a documentary series about bears
7. "The Story of the Breakout Bears" - National Park Service, about Great Smoky Mountains National Park bears
- The stories of two big bears caught by NPS
8. "The Story of the Bear and the Jar" - Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, about a Florida bear
- What happened to the little cub in dire straits
9. "The Story of Chester's Rescue" - National Park Service, Great Smoky Mountains National Park bear
- What dangers can befall wild bears, and how an injured sub-adult bear was rescued
10. "The Story of Ivy's Song" - Appalachian Bear Rescue, about Great Smoky Mountains National Park bears
- Chester's rehabilitation and how another rehabbing bear helped him
11. "The Story of Big Momma Bear" - Bear Author & Painter, about Georgia bears
- The story of the bear that inspired books, articles and paintings about bears; also, another Chester Bear...
12. "The Story of the Cherry Bear" - Bear videographer, about a Great Smoky Mountains National Park bear
- How a bear solved the problem of unreachable cherries
13. "The Story of the Bear in the Sea" - Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, about a Florida bear
- What happened to the bear in the Gulf of Mexico
14. "The Story of the Miracle Bear" - Appalachian Bear Rescue, Great Smoky Mountains National Park cub
- How a tiny near-death bear overcomes adversity
15. "The Story of the Wayward Cub" - Hiker, about black bears near Anchorage, Alaska
- How a trapped bear cub was rescued by its mama bear
16. "Learning from True Bear Stories" - Bear videographer, Kate Marshall Graphics
- What we learn from true bear stories, and how these stories can help people understand more about black bears
All of these American Black Bear stories are brought to life with either photos or video of the actual bears in question, or else they are combined with KMG's original video footage of wild bears through the years, much of it never seen until now. As in story books, these wonderful stories are born with words and carried with our imaginations, but they become larger than life when the words are combined with pictures. With pictures, the words become rich with movement and color, the sad moments tug at our hearts, the joyful scenes make us laugh, and the stories are filled with life and wonder. With pictures and video added to our bear storybook, we are transported to that place and that day, as we listen to our storytellers weave their magic. Stories vary from 2 minutes to 9 minutes in length.
Of course the real magic here is the bears! A lot of the bears you will see here are mountain bears who sometimes face many trials and desperate situations, and who usually manage to survive in spite of them. But some of the bears shown here are cinnamon browns, and some are beach bears! All face many challenges, especially if these bears are living near people.
Our bears for the first three videos were photographed and researched over a period of several years in the field, with years of added independent research. Although these black bears were found in the southeastern United States, all black bear behaviors and facts are indicative of American Black Bears across the continent of North and Central America, with the exception of specialized foods that may be particular to certain locales. Most of our black bears are truly black and some are black-brown, whereas some black bears in the West that you may have seen may be brown.
All bear behavior is completely natural and as observed. No bears or other animals were hurt, baited, fed, or harassed in any way in the making of this documentary. No trained bears were used. All video of bears in this documentary are of wild bears and were filmed in their wild environments. No guides were ever used - and these projects were not funded - we did this on our own!
This nature program is for all ages, and non-violent. Available in DVD that contains menus for easy navigation.
This is a successful nature documentary because it informs, educates, illustrates, enlightens, and all in an entertaining and thought-provoking manner; and with great true bear stories to highlight real bear behavior, that's great. We come away with a little more knowledge and understanding, and ideas about the importance of conservation.
Note: This would be a great DVD even for sight-challenged people,
since the stories are told in their entirety verbally all through the program.
NOW! 4 ways to buy our bear DVDs!
(1) Click here to purchase from our website!
(3) Find them at all Official Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Visitors Centers when you visit the Park,
including Visitors Centers at Sugarlands,
Townsend, Gatlinburg, Clingmans Dome, Cades Cove and Oconaluftee!
(planned release 2011)
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