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The Wildest Winter

Documentary exploring Yellowstone, one of the most remarkable places on the planet. Kate Humble gets to grips with the science behind winter at Yellowstone.

Patrick follows the grizzly bears that are taking a risk with the weather by leaving their winter dens early. Hungry wolves are struggling to bring down their elk prey in the unusually shallow snow. And for great grey owls, it is the iciness of the snow that is hampering their hunts.

Yellowstone's winter is always one of the most brutal on the planet. But 2016 saw weather records broken, and the wildlife was forced to adapt to survive. Kate Humble gets to grips with the science behind this remarkable season, from understanding the importance of the snowpack's structure as the melt begins to uncovering why Yellowstone's unique geology poses problems for some grazers' teeth.

59 minutes

Last on

Mon 14 Oct 2019 16:15

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:34




Role Contributor
Presenter Kate Humble
Presenter Patrick Aryee
Executive Producer Tim Martin
Series Producer Lucy Bowden


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