Local college to present talk on black bears

September 14, 2016 by  

For those in Kingston who are concerned about Pennsylvania’s wildlife, Mark Ternent, a Game Commission Black Bear Biologist, will be giving a program called ‘Black Bear Ecology and Management’ later this month.

Ternent will be discussing black bear topics such as Pennsylvania’s black bear population history. He will also talk about their hibernation, diet, and reproducing habits. Part of the program will explain the Game Commission’s role in managing and monitoring the black bear population here in Pennsylvania.

The expert has been working with black bears since 1991. In 1996, he began working with black bears and grizzly bears at Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Today, he is responsible for managing and studying the black bear population in Pennsylvania, which has boomed in the last 40-50 years.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission estimates that Pennsylvania’s black bear population has increased from the estimated 4,000 back in the 1970s, to about 20,000 today. The chances of encountering one of these creatures increases every year, so concerned citizens may want to get the information about this program out to the public in the form of flyers or social media.

The program will be in the Science Building in Room S-101 at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus, 1269 Old Route 115 in Lehman. It will take place next Wednesday, September 21, getting underway at 7:00 pm.