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Living With Black Bears

May 30 @ 7:00 pm

Join Jonathan Russell, Wildlife Biologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, for a virtual presentation on learning about black bears in New York.  Jonathan will talk about how DEC manages black bear populations, research, and conflict mitigation in the Hudson Valley and southern Catskills. Black Bears have become common and well-established over much of our region, yet many residents rarely, if ever, get a glimpse of a bear unless spotted crossing a road or accessing a homeowner’s trash or bird feeders. Learn about bear biology, behavior, and measures you can take to avoid human-bear conflicts.

Jonathan Russell is a NYSDEC Regional Bear Biologist, covering the mid and lower Hudson Valley and southern Catskill Mountains.  Originally from Duchess County, he receiving a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cobleskill in Wildlife Management, and worked with the National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service and Alaska Fish & Game before accepting a position with DEC and returning home to the Hudson Valley.  He has spent the majority of his 15 year career with the DEC focusing on the management of big game species and resolving human-wildlife conflicts.

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May 30
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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