By Jean Pocha
of the Pathfinder 

Bear Fair shares preventative information


Jean Pocha, Pathfinder

Carnivore questions were answered by Aubrey LaBarre, seasonal black bear technician.

A full-body elk mount carrying panniers helped attract 200-250 people to the Bear Fair on the Little Bird lawn June 18. More than eight organizations hosted tables with displays and information for people to learn a bear smart lifestyle.

"The last Bear Fair in Seeley Lake was 21 years ago," said Patti Bartlett, organizer of the Bear Fair. "It was time to have another one with all the new people in the area so we can all be safer wherever we live."

There are about 100 food-conditioned black bears in the Seeley Lake area and up to 10 food-conditioned grizzlies, according to Jamie Jonkel, Reg...

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