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Bear observatories and conservation challenges discussed in symposium


August 1, 2019

Caleb Vierkant / Wrangell Sentinel

A roundtable discussion on bear conservation efforts and some of its challenges was held at the Nolan Center last Thursday, July 25. Pictured here (left to right) are Harry Reynolds, Lance Craighead, Dick Shideler, John Neary, Dee Galla, Michael Saxton, and Sylvia Ettefagh.

One of the central parts of the annual Bearfest celebration are the symposiums. Experts on bears and bear-related subjects are invited to come speak in Wrangell each year.

This year saw several such speakers, including Lance Craighead who spoke on federal and state regulations on bear conservation, Harry Reynolds on the endangered subspecies of Gobi Desert brown bears, and John Nary on bear observation challenges at the Mendenhall Glacier. A roundtable discussion was held on Thursday, July 25, where these guests and others were invited to sit and talk about some of Alaska's best locations...

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