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Aug 13, 2015

Wildlife & Humans Together in the 21st Century Lecture Series Continues with Grizzly Bear Management

Flathead Valley Community College’s (FVCC) Natural Resources program and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) have joined forces to present an eight-part lecture series, “Wildlife & Humans Together in the 21st Century,” on selected Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. through December at FVCC. The series is free and open to the public.

 

The series will continue August 27 with “Grizzly Bear Management and Monitoring” presented by Tim Manley, Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region One grizzly bear management specialist. Manley has worked on grizzly bear research and management for 30 years across Northwest Montana. His presentation will provide an overview of the type of work that involves trying to resolve human/grizzly bear conflicts. Much of this work involves public education, capturing, handling, and monitoring grizzly bears, the use of Karelian Bear Dogs and using new technology. Some of the new technology includes the use of remote cameras, an automated bear trap, microchips, DNA, GPS radio collars and an electro-optic/infrared imagery system to locate grizzly bears.

 

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. and will take place in the large community meeting room inside the Arts & Technology building on FVCC’s Kalispell campus. The presentation will last approximately an hour and will follow with a 20-minute question and answer period.

 

The series will continue on September 10 with “Wild Horse Island Sheep,” presented by FWP Region One Wildlife Program Manager Neil Anderson and FWP Region One State Parks Administrator Dave Landstrom, who will address the management of bighorn sheep on the isolated island of Flathead Lake. A complete schedule of lectures is found in the attached brochure; the schedule is also available by contacting FWP (752-5501) or FVCC (756-3946), or by visiting www.fvcc.edu, or http://fwp.mt.gov/regions/r1/. “Wildlife & Humans Together in the 21st Century” is supported by FVCC, FWP and a grant from the AT&T Technology and Environment Awards program. For more information, contact John Fraley at 752-5501 (jfraley@mt.gov) or Christina Relyea at 756-3946 (crelyea@fvcc.edu.) or Tara Roth, FVCC, at 756-3912 (troth@fvcc.edu.)