Black Bear Project: Learn How to Coexist With the Black Bears

By Lisa Crow

Do you want to learn more about Black Bears? The Black Bear Project can help you with that. A fun and free educational event is being held August 3 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Mountain View room at the Big Canoe Clubhouse. The purpose of this event is to enjoy learning about how all of us can successfully coexist with the bears in our growing community. The featured guest speaker is Gerald Hodge, founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization called the Appalachia Georgia Friends of the Bears. Mr. Hodge is widely respected and knowledgeable, and he has a passion for educating our North Georgia communities about how to live among these beautiful bears. He is a regular presenter in the area including Anna Ruby Falls and Brasstown Bald. He was recently selected to be a presenter at the Sixth International Human-Bear Conflict Workshop in Nevada later this year. The mission of Appalachia Georgia Friends of the Bears is, “the reduction of bear-human conflict through proactive educational outreach programs, the increase public awareness about coexisting with black bears, the use of humane bear deterrents, and advocacy”.

We are so fortunate to have him come to Big Canoe. The event will include Mr. Hodge’s presentation and end with a Q and A session. Beer and wine will be available for purchase (cash or lot charge). This will take place in the Mountain View room at the clubhouse and will be limited to 150 persons. Please note that this is a free event, but sign-up is required by going to the Big Canoe POA website and registering via the community calendar.  We look forward to seeing many new and familiar faces as we discover ways to keep the bears wild and safe here in Big Canoe.

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