Animal Planet to Premiere New Series RUGGED JUSTICE, 1/18

Animal Planet to Premiere New Series RUGGED JUSTICE, 1/18

If you commit the crime, prepare to do hard time... on ANIMAL Planet. This January, the network continues to document the dangerous feats of the men and women who risk their lives to uphold the law with the return of ROCKY MOUNTAIN BOUNTY HUNTERS on Sunday, January 11 at 9 PM (ET/PT), followed by the series premiere of RUGGED JUSTICE on Sunday, January 18 at 8 PM (ET/PT).

Returning for a second season with 10 new one-hour episodes, ROCKY MOUNTAIN BOUNTY HUNTERS follows professional bounty-hunter duos Clint and Dayson in Colorado and Rob and "Animal" in Montana as they track fugitives in the harsh environment of the scenic, yet deadly, Rockies. This season, the region's most-wanted offenders, who have history of charges ranging from arson to drug trafficking to assault, will do whatever it takes to escape custody by fleeing into more than 3,000 miles of dense forests and rocky peaks.

RUGGED JUSTICE follows Washington State's Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Program as they police the Evergreen State's unforgiving mountain terrains, twisted rainforest back roads and densely populated coastal areas. In the six-episode series, viewers follow the WDFW Police Officers as they patrol more than 42 million acres of rugged terrain, half of it heavily forested and filled with wild animals - and often-dangerous people. The department's dispatchers relay more 225,000 calls annually. Each day brings new challenges and extreme danger. Whether busting poachers along the USA-Canada border, going undercover to take down traffickers in the illegal ANIMAL parts trade, or tracking and capturing bears and cougars with the one-of-a-kind Karelian Bear-Dog Unit, the officers of RUGGED JUSTICE risk life and limb to protect natural resources and serve the people of Washington.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN BOUNTY HUNTERS is produced by ITV Studios America for ANIMAL Planet. Jerry Decker and Rob Shaftel are the executive producers for ITV Studios America. For ANIMAL Planet, Lisa Lucas is the executive producer and Patrick Keegan is the producer.

RUGGED JUSTICE is produced for ANIMAL Planet by Shark Teeth Films. Adrian Carter, Tom Mudd and Alex Rader are the executive producer for Shark Teeth Films. For ANIMAL Planet, Erin Wanner is executive producer and Hilary Tholen is associate producer. Samantha Lee developed this series for ANIMAL Planet.

Animal Planet, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the ANIMAL KINGDOM with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers ANIMAL lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. ANIMAL Planet consists of the ANIMAL Planet television network, available in more than 94 million homes in the US; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; ANIMAL Planet L!VE, the go-to digital destination for round-the-clock, unfiltered access to the ANIMAL kingdom; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service, and merchandising extensions.