New bear display at the Pinedale Library
by Wyoming Game & Fish
April 29, 2012
With the news that bears are emerging from their winter dens comes a reminder to "Be Bear Aware", and the announcement of a new educational tool—a traveling bear display that is now on exhibit at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale.
"The interactive ‘Be Bear Aware' display allows children to touch the fur, claws, and skull of a grizzly bear and use a touch screen TV to watch entertaining video clips that teach how to stay safe in bear country," said Tara Teaschner, a public information specialist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and designer of the display.
"It’s a fun way for kids to become familiar with bears and it’s also a great way to educate both kids and adults on how to prevent conflicts between humans and bears. This knowledge is an essential component of a safe and rewarding outdoor experience," Teaschner said.
The free-standing display offers helpful information on how to prepare for and avoid bear encounters. "If you hike, hunt, camp, or fish in areas occupied by bears, being prepared for an encounter should be as routine and automatic as being prepared for adverse weather," Teaschner added.
The display is located in the Sublette County Library in Pinedale. It will remain there through September then travel to a different library in northwest Wyoming. According to Teaschner, the display was made possible with contributions from the Wyoming Animal Damage Management Board, Draper Museum of Natural History, Center for Wildlife Information, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. For more information about bears or how to prevent human-bear conflicts, contact your local Game & Fish office.