With all the bear sightings and even attacks in our area recently, the Danbury Library will be offering a bear education program to help people better understand their behavior.

In a preemptive strike, the Danbury Library will be holding what they are calling "The Bear Reality", a program designed to make us all more aware of the bears habits and traits, and to educate people on what to do if we actually have that bear encounter.

The program, which will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd. starting at 5:30 pm at the Danbury Library on Main Street, will be hosted by Felicia Ortner, Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist.

Since we're seeing more and more bears in places like our own backyards, they are becoming a major concern to residents. Ortner hopes to dispel some of the myths associated with Black Bears, and educate the public during this presentation. She also hopes to encourage the audience to be "Bear Aware." She talked to patch.com about what people can expect at this seminar:

I'm hoping through outreach and education that these magnificent creatures will become better understood, we will learn to respect them instead of fear them and a strategy of coexistence with humans and bears is in the future.

The program is free, but pre-registration is required online, or you can call the library to register at 203-797-4505, option 3.

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