June 12, 2004
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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