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.
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