Ursine experts will speak at BEAR League benefit | SierraSun.com

Ursine experts will speak at BEAR League benefit

Two wildlife experts will speak at the BEAR League’s ninth annual fundraiser on June 23 at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe.

The event will feature guest speakers Steve Searles and Dr. Stephen Stringham.

Searles, a Mammoth Lakes resident, invented the use of aversive conditioning on problem black bears to instill fear of human contact. He has traveled from the United States to Canada training bear handlers, including BEAR League volunteers, how to safely deal with bears.

Stringham is a bear behavioral specialist and author of Beauty Within the Beast: Kinship With Bears in the Alaska Wilderness, which details the time Stringham and his wife spent raising three bear cubs. Known as the “Bear Whisperer,” he will discuss the time he’s spent with bears in the wild.

Also featured will be comic Kat Simmons, who will act as the master of ceremonies.

The BEAR League fundraiser will also honor the group’s volunteers and supporters.

The event will include a silent auction with prizes that include Harvey’s and Harrah’s packages, theme park tickets and wildlife photographs. All funds go to the nonprofit organization.

The league, which has been in existence since 1998, is a not-for-profit, grass roots organization of over 900 members. that teaches people to live in harmony with bears.

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