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Seminars teach large predator safety

Posted: Monday, Mar 25th, 2013

GREEN RIVER — Would you know what to do if you suddenly encountered a wolf or grizzly bear while hiking, if a black bear entered your camp looking for food, or if you were surprised by a mountain lion in your back yard?

The annual “Staying Safe in Bear, Lion, and Wolf Country Seminar” will take place on Thursday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the Eden Valley Community Center in Farson.

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 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 pepper spray. A small portion of the seminar will discuss wolf biology and interactions with pets.

Large carnivore biologist Zach Turnbull will present the newest information and answer questions.

The seminar is free and open to people of all ages and skill levels, but limited to 50 participants. Participants may call the Game and Fish office at (307) 875-3225, extension 1-8607, to pre-register for the seminar.

The event is sponsored by Farson 4-H.

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