Bear, Lion, Wolf Safety Workshops offered March 14
by Wyoming Game and Fish
March 8, 2012
MARBLETON Ė With reports of bears already venturing out of their winter dens in some parts of Wyoming, weíre reminded that itís a good time to think about how to avoid conflicts with large predators. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is encouraging people to attend a free public workshop titled "Staying Safe in Bear, Lion, and Wolf Country." The workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 14 from 6:30PM-8:30PM at the Town Hall in Marbleton, WY. Anyone who spends time in bear and lion country is encouraged to attend.
"Weíve found that there are a lot of people out there who arenít really 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 these large predators 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 donít 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."
For more information people may contact the Pinedale Game and Fish office at (307) 367-4353 or 1-800-452-9107 (in-state) or the Jackson Game and Fish office at (307) 733-2321 or 1-800-423-4113 (in-state) during regular business hours.
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.