Promoting wolf conservation since 1999

The Bear Reality: Bears and Brews


Melissa Bear


Date: April 6, 2017
Time: 6:30PM 
Fee: $20/adult

Black bears (Ursus americanus) have begun to repopulate the northeast and learning to coexist with these large mammals is crucial. Join the WCC and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Melissa Ruszczyk for an in-depth look at these iconic and resourceful animals! Guests will learn the bear basics: biology, feeding habits, and how to coexist with these misunderstood creatures, all while enjoying an assortment of Heineken beer and snacks. After the talk, guests will visit Ambassador Wolves Atka, Alawa, Nikai, and Zephyr. This program is for adults 21 years old and over. Pre-registration is required.

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About the Speaker

Melissa Ruszczyk is a Seasonal Resource Assistant with the Furbearer/Black Bear Program for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. She began working with the department on a volunteer basis and after three years she was hired as a seasonal assistant, a position she has maintained for five seasons. Melissa has also worked with the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program in New Mexico and Arizona to help recover the imperiled species.