NATURE: Touching the Wild

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 8:00pm

Joe Hutto and mule deer

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Join Joe Hutto as he crosses the species divide and becomes part of a wild mule deer family.

Joe Hutto has dedicated seven years of his life to becoming a wild mule deer. Ordinarily, the deer herd would run from any human, but these keenly intelligent animals come to regard this stranger as one of their own. As he crosses the species divide, Hutto taps into a new understanding of these elusive animals. His joy in his new family is infectious, but this human predator also learns to see the world from the point of view of prey — and it’s an experience that will rock him to his core; sharing their world so personally takes a toll that sends him back to his own kind. NATURE: Touching the Wild airs Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.