Friday, April 1, 2011

Man & Bear-Why Can't We Just Get Along?

Kenai Russian River Collaborative Public Forums on Human Bear interactions

Do you have a good idea on how these two beasts can get along better? Join us to share and discuss your experience, thoughts and ideas on how to reduce conflicts between humans and bears in the Russian and Kenai River high use area.
At these evening forums, the public and agencies will discuss what management actions and strategies would be most appropriate and effective to reduce human-bear conflicts at this important area.
Email your thoughts and ideas to: comments-alaska-chugach-seward@fs.fed.us. Please put “Kenai Russian River Comment” in the email’s subject line.
Here is a schedule of upcoming meetings
Cooper Landing
Cooper Landing Community Center Bean Creek Road
Monday, April 18 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Soldotna
Gilman River Center 514 Funny River Road
Tuesday, April 19 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Wasilla
Station 61, Central Mat-Su Public Safety Building 101 W.
Swanson Avenue, Training Room 1
Wednesday, April 20 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Anchorage
University of Alaska Anchorage The Commons
3700 Sharon Gagnon Lane, Room 106
Thursday, April 21 6:00-9:00 p.m.

For the whole scoop visit https://projects.ecr.gov/kenai-russianriver/

or contact project facilitator Jan Caulfield at janc@gci.net or at 907-523-4610 (in Juneau).

1 comment:

  1. I suppose you could teach the bears English to allow for "conflict resolution" without violence.

    The only other answer is to ban all human activity in bear habitat. I suspect this is the goal in some circles.
    Training people to avoid bears will help. Unless the bear hunts down the human.
    Its simply impossible to prevent some level of violence in human-bear interactions. Given the current bear population in AK I can't see the bears being killed in conflict with humans as threatening the species.
    The bottom line is that if you get much outside Anchorage or Fairbanks in AK you may run afoul a G-bear with varying levels of damage to one or the other or both "participants".

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