G&F hosting dangerous encounters seminar

SHERIDAN — Would you know what to do if you suddenly encountered a wolf or grizzly bear while hiking, if a black bear entered your camp looking for food, or if you were surprised by a mountain lion in your backyard?

If you’re not sure how to react in these situations plan to attend the “Staying Safe in Bear, Lion and Wolf Country” seminar from 6-8 p.m. April 3 at Sheridan College C TEL presentation hall, Room 136 at 3059 Coffeen Ave.

The seminar, presented by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, will increase participants’ awareness and understanding of bears, mountain lions and wolves through information and tools they can use to prevent conflicts and avoid dangerous encounters.
“The Game and Fish Department has been providing these free seminars for more than a decade and participants’ evaluations continue to indicate usefulness of the information they gain,” said Warren Mischke, Sheridan Region information specialist.
Brian DeBolt, Game and Fish large carnivore conflict coordinator from Lander, is the featured speaker. The presentation will focus on behavior and biology; population status and movements; proper food storage; safety and legal issues; what to do during an encounter and best practices for using bear spray.
The seminar is free and open to all. Pre-registration is recommended to ensure that facilitators prepare enough materials and refreshments. For more information or to pre-register call the Sheridan Game and Fish office at 307-672-7418 or 800-331-9834 (in-state only).

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