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Bear Affair to cap off Bear Awareness Week

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Editor

Bears, we dedicate this week to you! Photo by John Loughlin/Woodland Park Zoo.

It’s Bear Awareness Week in Washington, proclaimed by Governor Jay Inslee, and it’s all leading up to Bear Affair: Living Northwest Conservation Day presented by Brown Bear Car Wash, Sat., June 6.

At Bear Affair, grizzly bear brothers Keema and Denali will demonstrate exactly what happens in your backyard or campsite when a picnic isn’t stored properly—and you’ll get tips on how to bear-proof your next outdoor adventure!

Photo by Mat Hayward/Woodland Park Zoo.

Bear Affair puts the spotlight on bears, wolves, raptors and other Pacific Northwest wildlife—the focus of Woodland Park Zoo's Living Northwest conservation program and the personalities behind our newest quiz: Which Northwest Animal Are You?

Practice carnivore awareness by learning what these animals need to survive in the wild, how to help keep them safe and what humans can do to peacefully coexist. Meet zoo staff and volunteers, and conservation and community partners from Western Wildlife Outreach, Wolf Haven, National Parks Conservation Association, Conservation Northwest and National Park Service.

Karelian bear dog demonstrations show how wildlife biologists work with dogs to train bears and cougars to avoid human contact. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo.

Karelian bear dogs will be back to demonstrate how the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife partner dogs play an essential role in training nuisance bears and cougars to avoid human contact. Enter a free drawing to win a Hawk Walk—an exclusive up-close experience for four lucky guests to accompany a keeper and an aplomado falcon as the falcon flies around the raptor yard and lands on your hand for a treat—or a behind-the-scenes visit with the grizzly brothers.