Cady Sartini, a UWSP associate professor of wildlife, is among the speakers talking about black bears as part of the College of Natural Resources Spring Seminar Series. (Courtesy UWSP)

UW-Stevens Point offers speaker series on black bears

Learn about black bear research and management in a six-part speaker series hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s College of Natural Resources (CNR), beginning with a virtual presentation on Thursday, Feb. 9.

The 2023 Spring Seminar Series, “The Science and Culture of Black Bears: Human Perspectives on a Large Carnivore,” will be offered from 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays from Feb. 9 to March 16. Presentations will be held in Room 170 of the Trainer Natural Resources Building and live-streamed on the CNR’s YouTube channel.

The seminar is sponsored by the Wisconsin Center for Wildlife and CNR and was co-organized with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. It will focus on the cultural, scientific or ecological importance of Wisconsin’s largest carnivore, the American black bear. Find links for virtual viewing and learn more at www3.uwsp.edu/cnr/WCW/Pages/2023-Seminar-Series.aspx.

The series includes:

  • Feb. 9 – “Black Bear Management in Missouri,” Laura Conlee, Science Branch chief, Missouri Department of Conservation (virtual presentation)
  • Feb. 16 – “Black Bears in Wisconsin: Living Alongside our State’s Largest Carnivore,” Randy Johnson, large carnivore specialist, and Brad Koele, wildlife damage specialist, with the state DNR
  • Feb. 23 – “The Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and Makwa (Bear) Relationship,” Waabishkaa Bineskwe (White Thunderbird Woman), carnivore biologist/graduate student in psychology; Ojibwe Tribal Member of Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
  • March 2 – “Bridging the Gap Between Black Bear Science and Policy at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,” Jennifer Price-Tack, large carnivore and elk research scientist, DNR
  • March 9 – “BearWise in Florida,” Dave Telesco, Bear Management Program coordinator, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (virtual presentation)
  • March 16 – “The Wisconsin Black Bear Research Project: Celebrating 45 Years of Bears in the Northwoods,” Cady Sartini, Ph.D., associate wildlife professor, UW-Stevens Point CNR