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Learn “bear safe” camp sites at zoo

June 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Woodland Park Zoo’s annual Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves on Saturday shows you how to have a “bear-safe” camp site, and teaches you more about what bears and wolves need to survive in the wild and how we can all co-exist.

 

Photo by WPZ’s Ryan Hawk.

See what happens when food isn’t stored properly or garbage is left around while camping in bear country, as the zoo’s grizzlies eagerly tear through a non-safe camp site in their naturalistic exhibit. Hear about wolf conservation efforts by Wolf Haven International and pick up a souvenir wolf or bear sticker.

Approximately 25,000 black bears exist in Washington and fewer than 30 grizzly bears remain in the North Cascades and Selkirk Mountains. Biologists believe there may be as few as 10 individual grizzly bears in the Cascades.

Bear Affair and Big Howl for Wolves runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It’s included with zoo admisson.

Seattle artist Catherine Eaton Skinner will sign her new book, “Unleashed,” from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The book portrays her passion and relationships with animals. Books may be purchased at the event for $49; all proceeds from books sold at Bear Affair will benefit the zoo.

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