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Bear attack avoidance tips offered by biologist


Chart compares some of the visible characteristics distinguishing black bears from grizzlies. (Be Bear Aware Campaign / Courtesy)

Hikers in the Inland Northwest are in carnivore country and should think ahead to what they would do in a close encounter with a bear, wolf or mountain lion, says a wildlife biologist.

Annemarie Prince, a hiker as well as a biologist who works with big game and carnivores for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department, has been giving presentations to area groups focusing on bear awareness for the safety of outdoor recreationists – and also the bears.

After her presentations, she allows participants to walk outside and practice dispensing bursts of inert contents from bear spray canisters.


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