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The eternal conflict between predator and prey plays out on a series of diverse backdrops around the world, and often the changing nature of the environment can tip the odds in favor of either the hunter or the hunted. This series spans the globe in search of exciting stories illustrating the dramatic effect environmental surroundings can have on this battle between predator and prey.

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The influence of people, traffic and lights in the outcome of battles between predators and prey.
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A vast area of treeless plains in the Arctic; golden eagles attack mountain hares; barnacle geese.
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Light and dark are the two conditions that affect every battleground.
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The influence of islands on battles between predator and prey.
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The effect of coastal weather and the tide on battles; killer whales catch sea lions by beaching themselves.
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The jungles of the world, one of the most complex habitats on earth.
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Visiting the Arctic and Antarctic where the constantly changing sea influences the battles fought; struggle of the polar bears as the ice melts.
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Cheetahs and gazelles in the African savannah; termites and anteaters in South America's pampas; wolves and bison in the Canadian prairies; foxes and rabbits on Wiltshire's man-made grasslands.
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Wetland environments including Africa.
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A peregrine falcon takes down a pigeon; a dragonfly works to outwit a hobby above a river in southern France.
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Sardines herded by dolphins; coral reef fish trapped by predators; bubble-netting techniques of whales.
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A spider that rolls down dunes; hyenas take advantage of seals on a beach.
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How the depth, speed, turbulence and turbidity of rivers influence the outcome of battles between predators and prey.

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