G&F offers Large Carnivore Safety Workshop April 29th in Pinedale
by Wyoming Game & Fish
April 24, 2015
With reports of bears venturing out of their winter dens in northwest Wyoming, we’re reminded that it’s a good time to think about how to avoid conflicts with large carnivores. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is encouraging people to attend a free public workshop titled "Living in Large Carnivore Country." The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 29, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale, Wyoming. Anyone who spends time in bear and lion country is encouraged to attend.
"We’ve found that there are a lot of people who may not be sure how they should react if confronted by a bear or mountain lion," says Mark Gocke, Public Information Specialist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. "These workshops provide people with good, practical information on how to prevent conflicts and what to do in an encounter with one of these large predators."
The workshop is designed to focus on how to avoid conflicts with large carnivores while recreating. There will be presentations by wildlife professionals with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department on topics such as: bear and mountain lion food habits, where one would expect to encounter a bear or mountain lion, food storage regulations, understanding bear and lion behavior, what to do in an encounter and the proper use of bear spray.
The workshops will also touch on the topic of wolves. "Wolves rarely attack 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 will devote some time to the topic."
For more information people may contact the Pinedale Game and Fish office at (307) 367-4353 or 1-800-452-9107 (in-state).
The G&F supports the Americans with Disabilities Act. Anyone needing auxiliary aids to attend this meeting should call a number listed above. Every effort will be made for reasonable accommodations.