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Posted on: October 26, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Learn More: Living with Bears and Salmon

Both salmon and bears are important indicators of the health of a watershed, and both play an important role in our riparian ecosystem.

Join Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) and Western Wildlife Outreach to learn about the interplay between humans, salmon and our Pacific Northwest predators.

You're invited as FISH hosts a free community event at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28, 2015, at the hatchery's Watershed Science Center, 125 W. Sunset Way.

The event is open to the public. The event is free; donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be provided. Reserve your spot on Eventbrite.

Learn more about Western Wildlife Outreach's new program, Bear Smart King County. The project is modeled after similar efforts in other parts of the country where conflicts between humans and black bears are on the rise.

Bears need to eat natural foods like berries, fruit, nuts, other plant material and fish to stay safe, healthy and wild. However, bears are attracted to residential areas in search of easily obtainable calories found in garbage.

Bear Smart King County aims to reduce negative encounters between people and black bears to near zero, by showing us how to remove all attractants at home and throughout neighborhoods.

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