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DNR Invites Wildlife Artists To Enter 14th Annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 7, 2009) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites artists to submit original artwork for the 14th Annual Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest. Both Maryland residents and non-residents may enter now through March 22, 2010.

“Proceeds from the sale of the Black Bear Stamp and other related products are used to compensate Maryland farmers experiencing agricultural damage caused by black bears,” said DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service Associated Director Bob Beyer.

All entries must be original, previously unreleased artwork. Each contestant may submit one entry for a non-refundable $10 entry fee. Entries will be judged on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Patuxent National Wildlife Visitors Center in Laurel, Md., in conjunction with the 21st Annual Patuxent Wildlife Art Show.

For contest rules and information, visit or contact Bob Beyer at or 410-260-8535.

   December 7, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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