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For Release: Thursday, May 24, 2018

DEC to Give Presentation on Avoiding Nuisance Bear Encounters

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Wildlife staff will give a presentation on black bears and how to avoid nuisance bear encounters on Wednesday, May 30, at 6:00 p.m. at the Berlin Fire Hall, 11 Community Ave., Berlin. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The discussion will include information about black bear ecology and behavior, as well as steps residents can take to avoid conflicts with bears.

Black bears have increased in number and range across all of southern New York State, including the Taconic Mountains over the past 35 years. This has led to an increase in the number of bear conflicts in the area.

For information about reducing human-bear conflicts, visit DEC's website.

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