Bears of the Last Frontier
In Search of Alaskan Bears (Multimedia MAP)

During the filming of Bears of the Last Frontier, Chris and Joe traversed the Alaskan wilderness in search of the state’s wild bear populations. Click on a marker for video (both from the films and behind-the-scenes), images, and text associated with that ‘location’—markers reference general shaded areas and are not site-specific. Zoom in to focus on a particular part of the map. Please allow time to load.


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  • Madeleine Louis

    Thank you for this map. I really appreciate the level of detail and seeing video and images associated with each location. Really helps put their trek in perspective. And the cute cub photo is a nice bonus!

  • lester hall

    You guys really amaze me living so close to bears. We have a black bear that lives nearby in the woods but we rarely see her or him.

  • mark

    did you have a electric fence around your tent

  • Cindy Who

    How did you deal with the black flies and mosquitoes? They are horrible up there in the summer, and can drive a person crazy!

  • Heidi

    You had to have something for protection. What? I know they aren’t fond of loud noises I’ve chased a few Black Bears {looking for a snack] from camp banging pots and pans together. But Grizzlies especially ones with cubs would be would be a horse of a different color! You are very lucky, that would be my dream job!

  • Bob Kelly

    Hi Chris…

    A superlative first segment Sunday evening. The HD quality was superb as were all other elements of the production! I was with you in Chuchill, eight years ago, and valued your “bear insight” then, and now even more so in this show. Congrats…best of success always.

    Bob Kelly
    Ames, IA

  • Ann

    Thanks for this beautiful film. I am especially interested in bears, particularly brown bears. After spending a few summers working in Yellowstone, I learned to respect and admire these magnificent creatures. I’m jealous!!

  • Joe Walicki

    Great first show. We loved it.

    Can you tell me, what was the name and model of your camera? Thanks.

  • Joe Pontecorvo

    Hi Joe Walicki,
    Our primary camera was a Sony PDW-700 XDCAM HD camera. We also had a Canon 5D, and an Sony EX3 camera.

  • Joe Pontecorvo

    Hi Cindy
    Yes the mosquitos were terrible. Here is the short clip about it.

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  • kevin

    watched yalls episode on unc-tv, my wife and we enjoyed it immensely. wish i had the audacity to venture out into the wilderness and watch and learn from nature. great job guys! what kind of bike were you traveling with?

  • maurice loranger

    total great , my son is headed there, hope it a well journey, god speed to u that make possible.

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