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SMFS Webinar: Only You Can Keep Bears Wild - Online

Dates:March 19, 2024
Meets:Tu from 6:30 PM to 7:15 PM
Cost: $0.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

The Smoky Mountain Field School is collaborating with Smokies BearWise Task Force to create awareness of the growing problem of human-bear conflict and to help educate citizens and local businesses about best practices to keep bears wild.

This complimentary webinar, titled "Only You Can Keep Bears Wild," will be held via Zoom. (The meeting link will be sent to all registrants on Monday, March 19.)

Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions following the 30-minute presentation.

Webinar sponsors include the Smoky Mountain Field School and Smokies BearWise Task Force, a nationwide education and outreach program developed by state agency bear biologists and supported by most U.S. states and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.


Matt Auberle majored in Parks and Recreation and Wildlife Management at Northern Arizona University and was a forest preserve ranger for nine years in Illinois. He managed interpretive tour guides with Pink Jeep Tours for 14 years, which brought him to the Smokies during the last part of his tenure. Matt is currently working with Anakeesta on a new outdoor business development.

Jane Maurer has been the business outreach specialist for Smokies Life for almost three years. Her love of nature and previous work experience in public education and corporate marketing provide the background for partnering with businesses and organizations in the gateway communities who want a deeper connection to life in the Smokies.

Subject Matter Experts:

Janelle Musser has been working in black bear research and management for over seven years in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and currently Tennessee. Her focus is responding to human-bear conflicts and working towards reducing negative interactions between people and bears. Janelle graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science.

Ryan Williamson has been a wildlife technician for Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 10 years and leads in-field bear management. Ryan attained bachelor's and master's degrees in Wildlife Science at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Fee: $0.00



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