Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves – THIRTEEN Thursday

We think we’ve got it bad – disagreements at work, arguments over parking spots, fights over the last Haagen-Dazs in the grocery freezer.  But what if you’re a wolf and a neighborhood bear wants your hard-earned breakfast kill?  What then?  Stand your ground or fight it out?  And did you see those claws?  Dear Lord, the claws!

Bears and wolves aren’t the only creatures of the wild at odds with one another, but they’re the focus of Nature’s episode entitled “Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves” produced by THIRTEEN and shown free on PBS.com.  Filmed in Yellowstone National Park, Clash gives viewers an eyeful of not only nature’s beauty but its harshness.  Life isn’t easy, even when you’re king of the forest, like the mighty grizzly.

“Clash” takes you through a few cycles of the season, following some of Yellowstone’s more popular residents as they go about the business of survival.  As is to be expected, the visuals are stunning and the footage is fascinating.  Families will enjoy this one.   It’s exciting and filled with action, and without all the jumpy editing tricks, flashy effects, and jiggling camera shots many modern documentaries resort to.  No, this one you can all watch without the Dramamine.  Younger families may prefer to have eyes covered from time to time; after all, as I told my 3 1/2 year old, Mama bear has to feed her babies too – they’re hungry!  (And for the record, my cub refused to let this Mama bear cover his eyes.  He preferred to watch and receive my explanations after.)

“Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves” originally aired on PBS on January 17, 2010, and can be viewed for free on PBS.org/nature or on WNET.org.  Or support the efforts of THIRTEEN by purchasing copies of this and others of the Nature series and build your family DVD library.

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