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2018-07-25 / Local News

Wildlife presentation planned

Legislator Ed Rath and the state Department of Environmental Conservation will present “Living with Wildlife” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at American Legion Post 838, at 5850 Goodrich Road, Clarence Center.

“After the black bear sightings in the Northtowns over the past month, many people were contacting my office,” Rath said. “This discussion is a great opportunity for the community to learn how to be safe, smart and aware when it comes to dealing with types of wildlife that are rarely encountered in our area.”

A black bear was recently wandering in the Town of Amherst and was euthanized by officers from the Amherst Police Department earlier this month.

On July 9, a determination was made by the officers on scene that the bear was a danger to the public due to its proximity to residences, police said, and it was shot. The yearling male bear had also been struck by a vehicle on Interstate 990 in June.

The event will provide a community conversation on easy ways to live in peace with wildlife.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the DEC presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The event includes a short presentation from the DEC and a community wildlife exhibition.

For more information, contact Rath at 858-8676 or ed ward.rath@erie.gov.

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