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Bears of Washington


Highland Wonders ~ November 4th, 2011

On Friday, November 4th, Highland Wonders sought out a better understanding of Washington’s largest and most recognizable mammals. Gus Bekker and Adelle Waln of the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project provided a presentation covering bear ecology, behavior and identification, comparing and contrasting the two bears that reside in Washington: black bears and grizzly bears.
 
   
This first of the series presentation took a close up look at bears and how to coexist in bear country; tips on living, hiking and camping in bear country; and how to tell the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear. The Grizzly Bear Outreach Project  is an independent science-based, non-advocacy, community education project that began in 2002 in the North Cascades of Washington State.

 
 
"The information we share is science-based and factual, and allows people to gain a clearer understanding of   the bear species of Washington,” says Bekker. “Many of us have chosen to live near the forest or mountains, so it’s important to know how to live among our wildlife neighbors."

   

Lots of hands on items were available, such as a bear fur, skulls, teeth and bear print casts.
 

Gus Bekker compares the size and function of Black Bear vs. Grizzly Bear claws.

Questions about Highland Wonders? Contact OHA's Conservation Coordinator, Julie Ashmore: julie@okanoganhighlands.org