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Published: Monday, February 20, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Get the scoop on bruins at Bear Show

  • Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife Karelian bear dog Colter makes an appearance at the presentation along with canine companions Mishka ...

    Kevin Nortz / The Herald

    Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife Karelian bear dog Colter makes an appearance at the presentation along with canine companions Mishka and Savute.

  • Black bears sometimes wander into suburban neighborhoods.

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

    Black bears sometimes wander into suburban neighborhoods.

The approach of spring means Northwest bears will be waking up from their winter snooze -- hungry.
In their quest for food, Washington black bears may stray from their forest clearings into open country or into more populated areas.
So confrontations between bears and humans can happen.
To learn more about what to do should this happen to you, or to hear general information about Washington's bears, attend an Adopt A Stream Foundation presentation put on by two bear experts who have been featured on TV's "Animal Planet."
Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife officers Bruce Richards and Nick Jorg will present bear facts in a lively and fun way Saturday in Everett.
Richards and Jorg spend most of their time addressing bear-human conflicts. Richards said that during the show, he and Jorg will teach about bear habits and habitat, go over the "Do's and Don'ts in Bear Country," simulate a bear capture, and invite the audience to help scare a bear -- a Fish and Wildlife staffer in a bear skin.
The real stars of the show, however, might be Mishka, Colter and Savute, three Karelian bear dogs that help resolve bear and people conflicts.
The Bear Show is at 1 p.m. Saturday at the NW Stream Center at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592. The show is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation members and $7 for nonmembers. For more information, go to www.streamkeeper.org.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.
Story tags » Wildlife HabitatAnimals

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