GYC takes "bear aware" education on the road

We helped kids and adults in Wyoming be more "bear aware" last month, as part of our work to keep Yellowstone's bears alive.

 A poised and confident Boy Scout practicing with inert bear spray at ElkFest in Jackson. (Photo GYC.)

A poised and confident Boy Scout practicing with inert bear spray at ElkFest in Jackson. (Photo GYC.)

In early May, we were honored to partner with the Bridger-Teton National Forest to bring our "bear aware" work to nearly 140 fourth-grade students from the Wind River Reservation during the 2018 Blackrock field camp. Of course, this included practicing with inert bear spray on the (somewhat) terrifyingly realistic bear Charger. These kids live in bear country and had many good questions to ask about bear safety and co-existing with these animals.  

Next, we brought the Charger over to Casper for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's 2018 Wyoming Outdoor Expo. We enjoyed chatting with hundreds of participants, highlighting some of the work GYC is doing, and encouraging folks to be more "bear aware" by sharing the most recent, science-based research on the effectiveness of bear spray.  

Then it was ElkFest in Jackson, Wyoming! This event is built around the Jackson Hole Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction and draws antler fanatics from across the region. We just can't get enough of the Charger, and love helping people get hands-on practice with inert bear spray! We again teamed up with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to help educate attendees to be more "bear aware," to realize the importance of carrying bear spray, and build confidence in knowing how to use it.   

And most recently, GYC staff spent the day near Pocatello, Idaho at the Scout Mountain Ultras race where we shared two separate projects we are working on in eastern Idaho.

 Allison Michalski, GYC's Idaho Conservation Associate, hanging with a young race participant during the Scout Mountain Ultras. (Photo GYC.)

Allison Michalski, GYC's Idaho Conservation Associate, hanging with a young race participant during the Scout Mountain Ultras. (Photo GYC.)

It's always good to get out of the office and talk about the important work we are accomplishing throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Have a look at our events page to learn about more opportunities to connect with our work. Thank you and hope to see you out there.

-- Mac Dukart, Teton Outreach Associate