Revisiting Wildlife Hazards in Context

Ours_brun_parcanimalierpyrenees_1The terror of being attacked by a bear is a nightmare for many outdoors people, and a lot of time is spent worrying and planning for it. We’ll put wildlife hazards in context. What should you know to be safe, how can you improve your chances, and why aren’t you thinking about all the other things that could get you, and that are a lot more common. Join host Charles Wohlforth and guests to discuss bears, moose and other backcountry hazards.

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Video footage of a bear charge in Jasper National Park has racked up more than a half a million views on YouTube. Has this ever been you? Our experts have a couple pieces of useful advice to ensure safety in the backcountry.

HOST: Charles Wohlforth

GUESTS: 

  • Paul Twardock, APU Outdoor Program
  • Jessy Coltrane, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Dan Bigley, author, Beyond the Bear

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BROADCAST: Thursday, October 27, 2016. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the Audio Media Content Producer for KSKA-FM. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, Addressing Alaskans, as well as a few other programs. He also maintains the web posts for those shows and many others on alaskapublic.org. You can sometimes hear him filling in for Morning Edition or find him operating the sound board for any of the live broadcast programs. After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!