Armed with an arsenal of paintball guns and rubber bullets, and dressed in her trademark head-to-toe black, Ann Bryant is the bear protector. Now, in the new series BLONDE VS. BEAR, Bryant and her fellow BEAR League volunteers are on a mission to save Lake Tahoe’s black bears from their biggest threat ever: people. Premiering Monday, July 18 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, don’t miss a minute as human-bear conflicts escalate when thousands of tourists flood into the region and come face to face with the black bears that call Lake Tahoe home. Dozens of bears are killed each year after encountering people, and Bryant and her team of volunteers face an uphill battle as they try to maintain peace on the frontline of this extraordinary conflict.
Highlights from BLONDE VS. BEAR include:
BLONDE VS. BEAR: “Breaking Point”
Monday, July 18 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Bear protector Ann Bryant faces an emotionally-charged start to her summer campaign to save the black bears of Lake Tahoe. Bryant is called upon to deal with a 136-kg mother bear that charged a tree surgeon, and comes into conflict with the Sheriff when a bear terrifies a tourist inside his vacation home. Finally, a young bear faces the death penalty after being accused of breaking into a home. As the situation escalates, Bryant is pushed to the breaking point in her fight to protect her beloved Tahoe bears.
BLONDE VS. BEAR: “Crime and Punishment”
Monday, July 25 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
It’s mid-summer and Ann Bryant’s battle to protect Lake Tahoe’s black bears rages on. Hungry bears are breaking into houses and Bryant must stop them before someone gets hurt. A late night emergency call puts Bryant on the trail of a mother bear and her three cubs who break into a vacation home. Unruly young bears looking for food alone for the first time are causing chaos and must learn to stay away from people. Trash is also attracting increasingly bigger bears into neighborhoods. Bryant must unleash her unique brand of tough love if she wants to save these bears from death.
BLONDE VS. BEAR: “Breakdown”
Monday, August 1 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
As the tourist season reaches its climax in Lake Tahoe, Ann Bryant is hit with a crisis that could jeopardize the future of her bears and put her own life in danger. A notorious black bear’s crime spree starts to endanger lives, forcing the authorities to issue a “shoot to kill” order. Elsewhere, Bryant takes a dangerous risk to stop a bear from climbing onto a motel roof in a busy tourist town. And, the consequences of her 24/7 commitment to saving the bears finally take a toll on Bryant’s health.