“Everyone has a bear story or at least has heard a bear story,” said Manny Overby, an instructor at the Advanced Training Bureau of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. “Often times these stories are of a brief sighting in the forest or perhaps a camping trip encounter. More and more these stories consist of bears in our neighborhoods, our backyards or digging through our trash.”
Overby will share his stories of handling hundreds of bears in New Mexico and speak about what to do if encountered by a bear in a presentation at 7 p.m., Aug. 20 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
“Come ready to learn as well as share some of your stories,” Overby said.
Overby has served as a game warden in New Mexico for more than 13 years. In that time, he has trapped, handled, relocated and “trained” hundreds of New Mexico bears. He also has had the opportunity to learn a great deal about their behavior and hierarchy, which he will share with the audience during his talk.
His presentation will include information about bear history, physiology, behavior and myths, so as to better understand bears and what to do if encountered by one. Overby also will talk about human behavior: what we should do and not do, whether living in or visiting bear country.
All ages are encouraged to attend the presentation, to make themselves more “bear aware.” The program is free, and there is no advance registration required. To learn more about the program and PEEC, visit www.pajaritoeec.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (505) 662-0460.