On the hit reality series Rugged Justice, which premieres new episodes Thursday, Aug. 25 at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet, officers with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife head into rural and urban areas to stop poachers, protect resources and keep wildlife and humans from having an unwanted encounter. Their “rugged” job is readymade for reality television.
One of the show’s subjects is Sgt. Erik Olson, who said the new season captures some interesting clientele and events. “This particular season, man, there’s quite a bit of activity,” Olson said recently in a phone interview. “We’ve got everything from habitual crab poachers to basically cougar cubs that we’re trying to capture that are running through cities. We’ve got obviously a whole lot of fish and wildlife cases but also the interactions that we see with humans interacting with fish and wildlife as well. It always creates interesting situations obviously when you’ve got things like cougars and bears in metropolitan areas or encroaching upon those areas.”
Dual Survival stands out among reality programs for its showcase of different terrains and many survival skills on display. However, note to viewers: It’s probably best to keep this type of surviving to the professionals.
The new season of Dual Survival kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel. This set of episodes will see alumni of the Naked and Afraid franchise, EJ Snyder and Jeff Zausch, teaming up to brave the wilds of a desert in Brazil, swamps in Louisiana and the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia, among other locations. Both survivors were seen on Naked and Afraid, which finds two people surviving in the wild for three weeks, and Naked and Afraid XL, which documents a larger group of survivalists in the wild for 40 days.