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December 20 2013

TERRA 826: A Wolf's Place

Gray Wolves stand on the edge of a precipice. Wild wolf populations across the Northern U.S. have rebounded to healthy, sustainable levels with the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Wolf advocates declare it a biological and political victory. But many ranchers call it a crime, demanding the wolves' immediate eradication... and they may just get their wish. Widespread hunting seasons have already opened in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, with the rest of the country potentially following suit as we debate delisting all wolves in the U.S. Whether you see the wolf as the majestic cousin of man's best friend, or as a bloodthirsty devil bent on destruction, we all have a visceral reaction to these misunderstood animals. "A Wolf's Place" takes a close look at how wolves have impacted the ecosystem since their reintroduction to Yellowstone 18 years ago, and the effect the recent hunting season have had on the park's wolves. It also tells the personal story of Wolf #10, the first wild wolf released into Yellowstone in over 70 years -- his triumphant life and his tragic death in the sights of a poacher's gun. Produced by Annie White.

August 16 2013

TERRA 817: Silencing the Thunder

Silencing the Thunder exposes the controversy surrounding the disease brucellosis and whether or not Yellowstone National Park’s bison population should be heavily managed because of it. Produced by Eddie Roqueta.

March 15 2013

TERRA 806: Winter Range

Winter Range is a documentary film that explores the consequences of rising levels of the livestock disease Brucellosis in elk in the Greater Yellowstone Area. New elk behavior patterns, often attributed to pressure from wolves and hunters, has brought them within critical proximity to cattle consequently making brucellosis a constant threat to the livelihoods of Montana livestock producers. Winter Range features a Montana rancher who reveals the measures, or lack their of, that she has to take to protect her cattle from infected elk and brucellosis. At the heart of the problem is a conflict between people and wildlife and at the heart of this film is a story about the complexity of managing the “political disease.”

December 21 2012

TERRA 724: Voices of Yellowstone

Many people come to Yellowstone National Park to see the fantastic landscapes. Wise visitors also come to experience the amazing soundscapes. This film provides some insight into the value of natural sounds in wild places, and how the National Park Service is monitoring those sounds as well as the sounds created by humans.

October 08 2010

TERRA 540: Feeding the Problem

Feeding the problem explores the historical and ecological impacts of the century-old artificial feeding program for elk in Western Wyoming. What began in 1912 as a gracious effort to save the Jackson Hole elk herd from harsh winters, shrinking habitat, and dwindling forage, has morphed into the largest wildlife feeding program in the United States. This biological experiment has created a petri dish for wildlife disease and is now one of the most contentious, fiercely debated issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
TERRA 540: Feeding the Problem

Feeding the problem explores the historical and ecological impacts of the century-old artificial feeding program for elk in Western Wyoming. What began in 1912 as a gracious effort to save the Jackson Hole elk herd from harsh winters, shrinking habitat, and dwindling forage, has morphed into the largest wildlife feeding program in the United States. This biological experiment has created a petri dish for wildlife disease and is now one of the most contentious, fiercely debated issues in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

June 04 2009

TERRA 516: Through a Natural Lens

Dan Hartman has been photographing wildlife in Yellowstone for over 25 years. Through a Natural Lens is an intimate portrait of this renown photographer as he takes us through a day of tracking and photographing some of the Park's most treasured wildlife. Filled with beautiful images and brilliant insights into Dan's work, this film is sure to be a treat for the shutterbug and the nature lover alike.

February 23 2009

TERRA 505: Winter in Yellowstone

Over the last 30 years Tom Murphy has ventured out into Yellowstone's winterscape to experience the ecosystems harshest of seasons. In part 1 of a series on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, join Tom Murphy as he journeys into the backcountry and communicates his insight into this special time of year. Tom's winter travels have allowed him to connect to this place in a unique and deeply meaningful way. His photographs and his philosophy convincingly argue that we must do all we can to ensure this place and its inhabitants continue to exist well into the future.

January 12 2009

TERRA 502: The New World Mine

Just three miles from the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, Noranda Inc. proposed to build one of North America’s largest gold mines. Cooke City residents, Jim and Heidi Barrett knew that this would irreversibly damage the Yellowstone ecosystem and the place they loved. So with the help of various non-profit organizations, including the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, they fought a battle to stop the mine. Against all odds they won. This inspirational story demonstrates how ordinary people standing up for what they believe in can make a difference.

June 26 2008

TERRA 434: Yellowstone's Wildlife Highway PREVIEW

Jonesing for spectacular nature photography? You got it! The Madison Valley, just north of Yellowstone, is a richly diverse ecosystem where just about every big-game species in Montana can be found. Grizzly and black bears, wolverines, elk, deer, moose, and pronghorns all use the Valley for seasonal migration, food, and breeding. However, development and the resulting fragmentation of large, interconnected ranges put this habitat at risk for the animals, especially wolverines, which are particularly intolerant of human activity and require vast ranges for their survival. K.C. Breen shows us how human encroachment in the Valley is being mitigated for wildlife's sake in "Yellowstone's Wildlife Highway: Promoting Connectivity in the Madison Valley".
TERRA 434: Yellowstone's Wildlife Highway

Jonesing for spectacular nature photography? You got it! The Madison Valley, just north of Yellowstone, is a richly diverse ecosystem where just about every big-game species in Montana can be found. Grizzly and black bears, wolverines, elk, deer, moose, and pronghorns all use the Valley for seasonal migration, food, and breeding. However, development and the resulting fragmentation of large, interconnected ranges put this habitat at risk for the animals, especially wolverines, which are particularly intolerant of human activity and require vast ranges for their survival. K.C. Breen shows us how human encroachment in the Valley is being mitigated for wildlife's sake in "Yellowstone's Wildlife Highway: Promoting Connectivity in the Madison Valley".
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