Bear-Lion Workshop March 21
Wildlife Officials to discuss safety with large predators
by Wyoming Game & Fish Department
March 13, 2007
With reports of bears venturing out of their winter dens and many people looking to get out and hike after a long winter, it’s time to start thinking about being alert for bears. If you’re one of those people planning to get out, you should consider attending one of the upcoming public workshops titled “Staying Safe in Bear, Lion and Wolf Country”.
These workshops are free to the public and will be offered in the communities of Jackson and Pinedale this spring. Anyone who spends time in bear and lion country is encouraged to attend.
“We’ve found there are a lot of people out there who aren’t really sure how they would react if confronted by a bear or mountain lion,” says Mark Gocke, Public Information Specialist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “These workshops are about providing people with good, practical information on how to prevent conflicts and what to do in an encounter with one of these large predators.”
The workshops will feature presentations by both Wyoming Game and Fish and Forest Service officials on a number of topics including: bear and lion food habits and where you’d expect to encounter them, food storage regulations, understanding bear and lion behavior and what to do in an encounter and the proper use of bear pepper spray.
The workshops will also touch on the topic of wolves. “Wolves have never been known for attacking people and we don’t expect that to change,” says Gocke “But more people are encountering wolves and people have questions about their safety around wolves, so we added some information on the topic.”
The three-hour evening workshops will be held in these area locations:
March 20: 6:30PM-9:30PM, at the Snow King Resort in Jackson, WY
March 21: 6:30PM-9:30PM, at the Pinedale Library in Pinedale, WY
For more information people may contact the Jackson Game and Fish office at (307) 733-2321 or 1-800-423-4113 (in-state) during regular business hours. (Printable flyer 1 page, 110K PDF)