Staying Safe in Bear, Lion and Wolf Country workshop in Pinedale March 13
by Wyoming Game & Fish
March 13, 2014
With reports of bears venturing out of their winter dens, we’re reminded that it’s a good time to think about how to avoid conflicts with large predators. Wildlife officials encourage anyone who spends time in bear and lion country to attend one of the upcoming "Staying Safe in Bear, Lion, and Wolf Country" workshops to be held in Pinedale and Jackson.
These free public workshops will be held at the following locations:
March 13: 6:00-8:00PM, Sublette County Library (155 S. Tyler Ave.) in Pinedale, Wyo.
April 24: 5:30-7:30PM, Teton County Library (125 Virginian Ln.) in Jackson, Wyo.
"The workshops are designed to provide people with good, practical information on how to prevent conflicts and what to do in an encounter," said Mark Gocke, public information specialist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. "We want to share the best information available for both backcountry users and homeowners."
The workshops will feature presentations by officials from Game and Fish and partner agencies. Topics will include: bear and lion food habits, where one would expect to encounter them, food storage regulations, understanding bear and lion behavior, what to do in an encounter and the proper use of bear spray.
The workshops also will touch on the topic of wolves. "It is quite rare for a wolf to attack a person, but there can be other types of conflicts, such as with domestic dogs," Gocke said. "With wolf encounters becoming more common, we’ve added some information on that topic as well."
For more information, contact the Jackson Game and Fish office at 307-733-2321 or 800-423-4113 (in-state) during business hours.