Gatekeeperand#8217;s Museum in Tahoe City to host Black Bear Brunch | SierraSun.com

Gatekeeperand#8217;s Museum in Tahoe City to host Black Bear Brunch

Marguerite Sprague, executive director NLTHS
Special to the Sun

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Anyone who has spent much time in the Tahoe Basin is aware of the Black Bear, our local indigenous inhabitant and, at times, local celebrity. Popular myths abound, but few know Black Bears as well as State Park Ranger Brian Barton, who will be sharing his expertise this Friday, July 15, at noon at the Gatekeeperand#8217;s Museum for the North Lake Tahoe Historical Societyand#8217;s Black Bear Brunch.

Barton is a bear biologist by education and training, and in his current position with CA State Parks, deals with Black Bears frequently. At Fridayand#8217;s talk heand#8217;ll explain the mindset of our ursine neighbors, and provide tips to optimize bear and#8212; human interactions. Heand#8217;ll also explain how CA State Park rangers are working to and#8220;trainand#8221; bears to avoid people-intensive areas such as campgrounds, and describe a new research project taking place in the basin with the goal of learning more about the bearsand#8217; natural behaviors. Perhaps best of all, heand#8217;ll answer all our questions about Black Bears! Barton is also planning to bring a bear hideand#8212;from a bear that was killed by a carand#8212;so children and families can have a safe and#8220;up close and personaland#8221; encounter with a real bear (hide).

The Black Bear Brunch starts at noon at the Gatekeeperand#8217;s Museum, next to Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City. Suggested donations are $5 for North Lake Tahoe Historical Society members and $10 for non-members. All proceeds support NLTHS museums and educational and interpretive programs. Please RSVP to the Gatekeeperand#8217;s Museum so they can plan appropriately. For more information, please contact the Gatekeeperand#8217;s Museum at 530-583-1762.

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