Season 18, Episode 11 Showdown at Grizzly River

First Aired: February 13, 2000

Life and death among grizzly bears in the McNeil River Game Sanctuary in Alaska. They must climb what narrator Stephen Collins calls “a very tricky social ladder” even in good times. And the times chronicled in this hour, which follows a 21-year-old alpha female and her 18-month-old cub, aren't good: the salmon that provide sustenance for the grizzlies are scarce. That means the bears fight among themsleves for food---and the bigger males aren't known for their gentility.

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  • Premiered: October 10, 1982
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: PBS's signature (and multi-award-winning) natural-history series uses gifted wildlife documentarians and stunning photography to reveal what its first host, Donald Johanson, called `the magic and mystery of the fascinating natural world.' The series has ga… (more)

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