Seminar teaches large carnivore safety |

Seminar teaches large carnivore safety

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

A free seminar titled: “Living in Large Carnivore Country” is coming to White Mountain Library, 2395 Sweetwater Drive, Rock Springs, 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 18.

The purpose of this seminar is to help people enjoy recreating in areas where there are large carnivores and to be safe in the backcountry and at home. The seminar aims 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 pepper spray. A small portion of the seminar will discuss wolf biology and interactions with pets.

Large Carnivore Biologist Zach Turnbull and Dustin Lasseter, Bear-wise Community Coordinator, 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 State of Wyoming supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Anyone requiring auxiliary aids for this meeting should contact the G&F Region Office at: 1-800-843-8096. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations.

–Wyoming Game & Fish