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Living with Black Bears


Matt Merchant, Wildlife Biologist at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will discuss black bear biology and behavior, including how to best prevent conflicts with bears on the hiking trail and in your own backyard.

Black bear populations have been increasing in New York State since the early 1900s. Not only do bears captivate our imagination, they also indicate forest health. However, more bears means more opportunities for bear-human conflicts. Learn best-practice strategies to stay safe while supporting bear populations.

 Registration for general admission is required; seating is first come, first served. Registration does not guarantee a seat inside the auditorium.