Governor Gregoire declares May 16-22 “Bear Awareness Week”
Special resources celebrate state’s grizzly and black bears and educate the public on how to co-exist
Black bears and grizzlies are an important part of our state’s natural heritage. Today, Washington has one of the healthiest black bear populations in the U.S. It is also one of just five states in the lower 48 still wild enough for a small number of federally-listed threatened grizzly bears.
Recognizing the value of bears and the need to educate the public on how to live and recreate safely with them, Governor Christine Gregoire recently declared May 15-21 “Bear Awareness Week.” Among other points, the Governor’s proclamation notes, “Whereas, by educating the public on the ecology, behavior, and conservation of bears, it is possible for people and bears to coexist peacefully…” Click on the proclamation and read the entire text.