Wrangell Bearfest’s symposiums: all about coexistence – Alaska News

Wrangell Bearfest’s symposiums: all about coexistence

 

Dan Rudy / Petersburg Pilot

During a Bearfest slideshow, wildlife photographer and filmmaker Matthias Breiter shows a photo of the only bear which had ever expressly tried to kill him during his 25-year career. “If you just work with these animals, they just move on their way,” he has otherwise found.

WRANGELL – The symposium at last week’s Bearfest was an opportunity for experts in bear-related research to share some of their knowledge about the different species, as well as highlight the work they have done in their different fields.

Lance Craighead of Montana’s Craighead Institute has been a longtime supporter of Wrangell’s annual festival, which celebrates the area’s robust bear population.

Speaking last Wednesday, the environmental advocate sought to convey how people directly affect and often threaten bear populations. To start with, there has been a significant increase in the…

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