Learn About Black Bears At Library Program

UNION — The B.E.A.R. Group (Bear Education and Resource Group) based in Hewitt, is offering a free program entitled “Get to Know NJ Black Bears and Become a BEAR SMART Community” at the Union Public Library on Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The program will present information about the nature of black bears, that are timid creatures and generally afraid of humans. The B.E.A.R. Group’s mission is to educate residents about black bears, reduce unwarranted fears, promote tolerance of bear neighbors and foster peaceful co-existence between people and bears. Learn easy ways to lessen the chances of having bears frequent residential neighborhoods.

The B.E.A.R. Group has a PowerPoint presentation and various pieces of literature that explain how humans and black bears can peacefully co-exist. One of their main resources is world-renowned bear expert Dr. Lynn Rogers, PhD, of the North American Bear Center in Ely, Minnesota. According to Dr. Rogers, who has studied black bear for over 40 years, “You have a greater chance of winning the lottery than ever being harmed by a black bear.”

To learn more, visit Dr. Rogers’ web site at www.bearstudy.org and the B.E.A.R. group’s web site at www.savenjbears.com.

The Union Public Library is located at 1980 Morris Avenue. For more information, contact the reference department at 1-908-851-5450, extension 5452.

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