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Spring large carnivore workshops teach safety, animal ecology

As spring arrives, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department reminds outdoor enthusiasts to be “bear aware" and take the necessary precautions to avoid conflicts with large carnivores.

 

4/10/2018 11:00:14 AM

Cheyenne -

It’s that time of year again when bears are waking up and people are preparing to enjoy the great outdoors.  As spring arrives, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department reminds outdoor enthusiasts to be “bear aware" and take the necessary precautions to avoid conflicts with large carnivores.

 

“It’s a good time time to begin thinking about large carnivore safety while you’re gearing up for all your spring and summer outdoor activities,” said Dusty Lasseter, Game and Fish Bear Wise coordinator. “Preparation and awareness regarding safety and conflict avoidance is just as important as planning any other aspect of your fishing, camping, or hiking trip.”

 

Educational workshops will be offered in communities across the state, and Game and Fish offers helpful many resources online. At each workshop, Game and Fish large carnivore managers will present information about bear, mountain lion and wolf ecology, and more importantly, what people should do in an encounter with a large carnivore. In addition, there will be discussion on preemptive measures to be taken by the public in order to reduce the likelihood of conflicts with carnivores. People can use the information gained at these workshops to increase their knowledge about large carnivores and how to live and recreate safely in large carnivore country.

 

Seminars are free and open to people of all ages. Please call your local Game and Fish office for more information. The schedule for the upcoming meetings is below; the Dayton meeting was April 4.

 

Date

Towns

Location

Time

4/12/2018

Basin

Bighorn County Library in Basin

5:30-7:30 p.m.

4/12/2018

Lander

Lander Public Library

5:30-7:30 p.m.

4/21/2018

Laramie

Berry Biodiversity Center

9-11a.m.

4/25/2018

Marbleton/Big Piney

Marbleton Town Hall

5:30-7:30 p.m.

4/26/2018

Green River

Green River Regional Office

6-8 p.m.

5/3/2018

Jackson

Jackson Public Library

6-8 p.m.

5/9/2018

Wapiti

Wapiti Elementary School

5:30-7:30

5/15/2018

Lusk

UW Extension Office

5:30-7:30

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