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  • Season 1
  • 13 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 10: Yellowstone

Summary

Steve Backshall visits America's Yellowstone National Park, where bears, coyotes, bison and elk roam vast grasslands, wetlands and forests. He tries to solve the puzzle of why the population of beavers increased when wolves were returned to the area after an absence of 70 years, despite the two species of animal having little to do with each another.

Review

On a great plateau in America’s heartland, Yellowstone National Park is a seething area of geothermal activity and home to a wide assortment of predators. There was controversy in 1995 when wolves were re-introduced after an absence of 70 years — the coyotes in particular weren’t best pleased — but the growth in wolf numbers has been mirrored by the park’s thriving beaver population. They’re clearly linked, but how?

Plenty of splendid footage is on show (did you know that a grizzly bear can run down an elk?) as Steve Backshall reveals the unlikely connection between the lethal hunter and the water-loving rodent.

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  • Episode 10

    Yellowstone

    Summary

    Steve Backshall visits America's Yellowstone National Park, where bears, coyotes, bison and elk roam vast grasslands, wetlands and forests. He tries to solve the puzzle of why the population of beavers increased when wolves were returned to the area after an absence of 70 years, despite the two species of animal having little to do with each another.

    Review

    On a great plateau in America’s heartland, Yellowstone National Park is a seething area of geothermal activity and home to a wide assortment of predators. There was controversy in 1995 when wolves were re-introduced after an absence of 70 years — the coyotes in particular weren’t best pleased — but the growth in wolf numbers has been mirrored by the park’s thriving beaver population. They’re clearly linked, but how?

    Plenty of splendid footage is on show (did you know that a grizzly bear can run down an elk?) as Steve Backshall reveals the unlikely connection between the lethal hunter and the water-loving rodent.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorSteve Backshall

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerWendy Darke
    Executive producerNick Shearman
    Executive producerCerys Griffiths
    Series producerDoug Hope
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