Thursday, September 25, 2008

Huntington Public Library: Fisheries and Wildlife Present Bear Workshop

As seen on the MBLC Massachusetts Libraries website:

The Huntington Public Library will have a Bear Workshop
facilitated by James E. Cardoza on Wednesday, October 8 at 6:00 pm.

James is from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters in Westborough. Over the past few decades, residential and suburban bear complaints have dramatically increased. These problems may relate to rapid increases in numbers of both bears and humans, combined with habitat fragmentation by structures, highways, and agriculture. Periodic changes in weather movements and feeding patterns result in closer contact between bears and humans. Typical residential complaints include destruction of bird feeders, consumption of pet foods, raiding and damaging of trash containers and dumpsters, digging in compost piles, breaking into sheds and outdoor structures… As bears become used to people and conditioned to human foods, the animals become bolder, which can then lead to forced home entries and the destruction of the offending bear. Human injuries may also occur.

James’s presentation will last about 1-½ hours and will include enough time for questions.

If you have any questions about this program, please call us at 413.667.3506. Library hours are Monday & Thursday 1:00-4:00 & 5:00-8:00, Tuesday 1:00-4:00, Wednesday 3:00-8:00 and Saturday 10:00-3:00 pm.

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