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On May 15, wildlife biologist Dr. Stephen Stringham, director of the Bear Viewing Association, spoke to Soldotna Elementary School students about bear safety advice and bear insights discovered while raising three orphaned cubs and helping them learn to live in the wild. He also discussed how to fish and view wildlife near bears. Some of the tips he shared with students were: people walking in groups of five or more are almost never attacked; when confronted by a bear, close ranks to within an arm’s length of at least four other adults or teenagers, keeping small children out of sight; don’t try to scare the bear into running away; remain calm, confident and assertive during a close encounter; and unless you are an expert with a gun, you have a better chance of escaping injury using pepper spray than bullets.
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