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Living in Bear Country


June 12, 2004

Sitka, Alaska - The Sitka Bear Working Group, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Forest Service are teaming up to host a free seminar titled "Living in Bear Country,"
photo Mark Matheny
from 7 to 8 p.m. June 16th at Sheldon Jackson College's Rasmusson Student Center. The event to be held in Sitka, Alaska is free and open to the public.

Mark Matheny, a bear attack survivor from Bozeman, Mont., will conduct the seminar which is designed to educate people about the realities, causes and prevention of bear attacks.

Phil Mooney, ADF&G Area Management biologist in Sitka, also will be on hand to discuss local bear issues.

In 1992, Matheny was mauled by a grizzly bear while he was on a bow-hunting trip in the backwoods of Montana. Matheny said he's alive today because his hunting partner was carrying pepper spray.

Matheny has garnered a lot of media coverage promoting safety in bear country and the use of non-lethal bear deterrent in preventing attacks. His story has been featured on The Discovery Channel, The Outdoor Channel and The Travel Channel.

In November, Matheny will be part of a program on PBS called "Good Bad and the Grizzly." His experience also has been highlighted in many bear-attack books and numerous outdoor-related magazines.



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U.S. Forest Service - Tongass National Forest
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