Overby tells bear tales at PEEC

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Manny Overby will tell his bear story, 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
“Everyone has a bear story or at least has heard a bear story,” Manny Overby said, who is an instructor at the Advanced Training Bureau of the NM Law Enforcement Academy. “Often times these stories are of a brief sighting in the forest or perhaps a camping trip encounter. More and more these stories consist of bears in our neighborhoods, our backyards or digging through our trash.”
Overby will share his stories of handling hundreds of bears in New Mexico and speak about what to do if encountered by a bear. “Come ready to learn as well as share some of your stories,” Overby said.
This presentation will include information about bear history, physiology, behavior and myths, so as to better understand bears and what to do if encountered by one. Overby will also talk about human behavior: what we should do and not do, whether living in or visiting bear country.
All ages are encouraged to attend the presentation, to make themselves more “bear aware.” The program is free and there is no advance registration required. To learn more about the program and PEEC, visit pajaritoeec.org, email programs@pajaritoeec.org or call 662-0460.
Overby has served as a Game Warden in Northern New Mexico for more than 13 years. In that time he has trapped, handled, relocated and “trained” hundreds of bears. He also has had the opportunity to learn a great deal about their behavior and hierarchy, which he will share with the audience during his talk.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies.
PEEC maintains a nature center, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching.
PEEC activities are open to everyone, however members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $20. To learn more, visit pajaritoeec.org.