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The Pennsylvania Game Commission will host an educational program on black bears at the Northeast Region Office in Dallas at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 24.

The free program will cover black bear biology and behavior, ecology, management, and hunting opportunities. A black bear film will be shown as part of this program.

“The black bear population in Pennsylvania is estimated to be over 18,000 individuals,” said William Williams, Information and Education Supervisor for the Game Commission’s Northeast Region. “They are found throughout all northeastern counties and have incredible physical and behavioral adaptations that help them to survive and prosper.

“We hope to see a good turnout for this informative and entertaining program about one of Pennsylvania’s most fascinating animals.”

The Game Commission Northeast Region Office is located at 3917 Memorial Hwy. in Dallas. The office phone number is 570-675-1143. No reservations are required.

Nescopeck State Park will hold the following events in July (for more information or to register, call 570-403-2006):

Wednesday, July 23 - Evening Kayak Paddle Sessions; 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Friday, July 25 - Hiking Series: Thomas Darling Preserve; 9 a.m.

Saturday, July 26 - Ferns and Summer Wildflowers; 10 a.m.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is accepting registrations for its Furtaking course to be held Sept. 13 at the Whitetail Preserve Shooting Range, 118 Boulevard Road in Rock Glen. Cost is $15 for the one-day certification class.

The class also includes training on the use of cable restraint devices, for which certification is required for any trapper using cable restring devices to capture foxes and coyotes. Students should bring waders or hip boots to be used during the instruction on making water sets. For more information, call 570-675-1143.

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