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New Bear Awareness Tactics for a Drought Year

Steve Searles is using social media to raise bear awareness.
Steve Searles is using social media to raise bear awareness.Lara Kirkner

Steve Searles introduces the “Don’t Feed Our Bears” video series

Recently Steve Searles, The Bear Whisperer and Mammoth Lakes Wildlife Specialist, launched the “Don’t Feed Our Bears” video series — a daily video of a local bear or bears taken by him in the field, and then posted to his social media channels with the sole purpose of coexistence awareness. “This year more than ever we need to keep the bears in the limelight,” Searles said in relation to the project.

Watch the videos and then share them with your friends and followers to help Searles build his online audience. The more people he can reach, the more he can spread the message to keep garbage and food sources contained in a continued effort to keep wildlife healthy, not only in Mammoth Lakes but across the globe.

Join the technology-challenged Searles as he navigates his new smartphone and social media of the 21st century. The footage is grassroots, innovative and often comical. It’s not a glossy-finished Hollywood product but a real view of wildlife in Mammoth Lakes that may include bloopers, drama and a warm-fuzzy feeling. It is meant to carry the underlying reminder that even though winter drought will make food sources for bears and other wildlife scarce this summer, the most responsible thing to do is to never feed any wildlife.

“I am making and posting these videos with the hope that they will be viewed and SHARED across the web to lead by example and show the world that it is possible to coexist with bears and other wildlife,” Searles said. That’s right, just watch the video and then hit share to help keep bears and other wildlife on people’s minds everywhere.

Now more than the ever, please remember to keep garbage contained. Don’t Feed Our Bears.

Learn more at http://www.thebearwhisperer.com

Watch and share the videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/BearWhispererSearles