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Seminar reminds: Be bear aware
Biologist Zach Turnbull, front, and Mark Bruscino placed an ear tag on a black bear. Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Seminar reminds: Be bear aware

Mar 25, 2012 - Staff

Anyone who wants to know what to do if upon suddenly encountering a wolf or grizzly bear while hiking, a black bear entering camp looking for food or a mountain lion in a back yard, stay tuned.

The annual "Staying Safe in Bear, Lion and Wolf Country Seminar" runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at the Wyoming Game and Fish Office in Lander.

The purpose of this seminar is to increase awareness and understanding of bears, mountain lions and wolves by providing participants with current information and tools they can use to prevent conflicts and avoid dangerous encounters.

Presentations, including Power Point, video and lecture, will feature bear and mountain lion behavior and biology, bear and lion life history, population status and movements, proper food storage, encounters and what to do in an encounter situation, safety and legal issues and the most current information on the use of bear spray.

The seminar will discuss wolf biology and interactions with pets.

The seminar is free and open to people of all ages and skill levels, but the event is limited to 50 participants. Participants may call (800) 654-7862 (in-state only) or 332-2688 for more information on the seminar.

Editor's note: the term 'pepper spray' was previously used in this article. 'Bear spray' is the correct reference, and is the product that should be used as a self defense deterrant spray to help prevent attacks by bears.

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