Undercurrent: Bear 148

The Narwhal

Undercurrent is an investigative series from The Narwhal. In Season 1: Bear 148, host Molly Segal investigates the life and death of a beloved grizzly bear in Alberta’s Bow Valley. Was Bear 148 in the wrong? Or were we? Either way, it was the bear that ended up dead.

Trailer: Bear 148
Trailer 1 min 32 sec

All Episodes

By Emma Gilchrist Was Bear 148 in the wrong? Or were we? Either way, it was the bear that ended up dead

Jun 2019

1 min 32 sec

By Carol Linnitt Many people called Bear 148 the perfect neighbour because she wasn't afraid of people. So how did she end up being shot by a hunter far from her home?

Jun 2019

16 min 9 sec

By Carol Linnitt From her habit of snacking on goose eggs at a nearby lake, to cautiously navigating throngs of camera-wielding tourists, Bear 148 was well known and well loved in the Bow Valley. While she lived very close to people and learned to be comfortable among them, that feeling wasn't always reciprocated

Jun 2019

14 min 37 sec

By Carol Linnitt Rumours and conspiracy theories swirl around the decision to move Bear 148 out of her home range, leading to her death just two months later. But those stories obscure a much simpler and more troubling reality of the role seemingly innocuous human activities — like sneaking into closed areas or walking with dogs off-leash — played in Bear 148’s story

Jun 2019

14 min 31 sec

By Carol Linnitt The borders we create are invisible to grizzly bears. But crossing those invisible borders, and stepping into a new set of rules, turned out to have deadly consequences for Bear 148.

Jun 2019

17 min 8 sec

By Carol Linnitt Highways, camp sites, park trails, train tracks, power lines — these man-made features fragment grizzly habitat in all sorts of ways and yet we expect bears to navigate from A to B, in search of food and mates, without getting into trouble. If they don't, they become a "nuisance bear."

Jun 2019

15 min 9 sec

By Carol Linnitt For more than half a century people have been told to stay away from bears, that bears are inherently dangerous and to be avoided or killed. Can we overcome decades of bear scare to find a new way to think about and react to grizzlies?

Jun 2019

13 min 50 sec