PEEC: Learn How Black Bears Have Responded To Jemez Mountain Wildfires

Learn how black bears have responded to wildfires and forest restoration treatments in the Jemez Mountains during a talk by James Cain at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to learn how local black bear populations have responded to recent wildfires in the Jemez Mountains. Biologist James Cain will lead the talk at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

He will discuss his research on recent wildfire impacts on black bears and how they have responded to subsequent forest restoration treatments. This talk is free to attend and is open to the public.

Decades of fire suppression, logging and overgrazing have altered the conditions of Southwestern forests, resulting in degraded habitat conditions for wildlife and more frequent and severe wildfires. These changes have resulted in an increased need for forest restoration treatments to revive historic forest structure, plant species composition and fire regimes.

Both wildfires and forest restoration treatments can result in big changes to habitat conditions for many species of wildlife, so forest restoration plans should include monitoring and research programs that document the short and long-term responses to restoration treatments. Cain and his team are currently monitoring how black bears have responded to the forest restoration treatments in the Jemez Mountains. At this talk, he will present preliminary results of their research and lead a general discussion of black bear ecology in the Jemez Mountains. 

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit