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Bear Necessities Program at Hudson Library

Hudson Library, in partnership with the B.E.A.R. Task Force, presents Bear Necessities: Helpful Bear Deterrents and Managing Attractants. This free program will be held on Friday September 9 at 11:00 AM.

Sometimes an air horn just doesn’t cut it anymore. Get practical advice on how to avoid problems and how to utilize multiple deterrents in case a bear is hanging around and getting into trouble.

The B.E.A.R. Task Force is a collaborative effort of non-profit groups and community members that seeks to engage local, county and state agencies and other organizations in sharing information about managing human/bear conflicts and learning how to live in harmony with bears.

The B.E.A.R. Task Force’s biggest project to date was getting Highlands certified as a BearWise Community. This effort took ten years of work engaging the community with educational programs, school visits, special events, newspaper articles, brochures, and online resources.

Highlands was the first town in the country to receive the BearWise certification. Highlands successfully met all of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s (NCWRC) BearWise requirements, working with Mayor Patrick Taylor, community leaders, and NCWRC officials to effectively reduce instances of human-bear encounters in the town. For additional information about the B.E.A.R. Task Force, call 828-482-4107.

For more information about this library event, or to request an accommodation, please call Hudson Library at 828-526-3031 or visit

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