Living With Black Bears
Latest of ongoing educational programs scheduled for May 6
HANCOCK, MD — In an ongoing effort to educate the public about Maryland’s growing black bear population, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife and Heritage Service will be conducting an educational talk about Living With Black Bears on Thursday, May 6 from 7– 9 p.m. at Woodmont Lodge in Hancock.
This program will discuss and provide recommendations on living or vacationing in bear country, including bear proofing your house, campsite or picnic area. General bear biology will also be discussed.
Black bears are highly intelligent animals. They have the distinction of being the largest land mammal found in Maryland. They live in forested areas, primarily in Western Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The black bear population in Maryland consists of approximately 400 bears that are primarily located in Garrett, Allegany and Washington Counties.
DNR has been successful in its efforts to recover this population to a thriving population. However with a growing black bear population coupled with a growing human population conflicts with humans have increased substantially over the past 10 years.
For more information visit us online at www.dnr.maryland.gov/dnrnews/infocus/blackbears.aspThis event is free to the public however due to limited seating pre-registration is required. Call 301-678-7924 to register.
Posted April 20, 2004