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The Maine Wildlife Park is a great place to see a moose, bear and much more Maine wildlife.
The Maine Wildlife Park is a great place to see a  moose, bear and much more Maine wildlife.

The Maine Wildlife Park is a great place to see a moose, bear and much more Maine wildlife. 

The kickoff day for the Maine Wildlife Park’s weekend summer event schedule is Saturday, May 7 with a Bear Bonanza happening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The park’s 3 resident black bears are fully awake after a long winter’s sleep.

Also on hand for observation on Saturday

-Full size mounts of an IF&W black bear

-A grizzly bear mount on loan from Nokomis High School

-A 6’ x 7’ polar bear rug with other polar bear artifacts from Bowdoin College’s Peary-Macmillan Arctic Museum

-Several large mounted photos of polar bears in their native environment also donated for the day by Bowdoin College

- Maine Wildlife Park Mascot Kennebago Bear

-Maine Forest Service’s Smokey Bear

The Forest Service also will have its Wildland Urban Interface Simulator set up -- a new educational display that shows homeowners how to mitigate the dangers of wildfire near their residences. The ModelTech U-Wise wildfire simulator uses simulated fire, smoke and lightning to generate scenarios showing what happens when a wildland fire occurs near a home.;

- An IF&W bear biologist will have the “tools of the trade” used to manage our black bear population

-Chainsaw artist Tim Picket will be chain saw carving a bear from a 10-foot tall standing white pine tree trunk, in the picnic area

-Athletes from the UMaine Black Bears and the Bowdoin College Polar Bears will make an appearance

-A variety of bear–related games and activities for the kids

-Bring a lunch and your cameras to enjoy a bonanza of bears today!

The Maine Wildlife Park is owned and operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The park exists to promote an understanding and awareness of the wildlife, conservation and habitat protection programs and projects of MDIFW. A summer series of wildlife exhibits and demonstrations provided for our visitors are offered throughout the season at the Maine Wildlife Park  located on Route 26 in Gray. “Summer Wildlife Days” are held on consecutive weekends through the summer, and are sponsored by the Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park.

For more information about any of these programs, please call the Maine Wildlife Park at 207-657-4977; or visit us out online at www.mainewildlifepark.com , www.mefishwildlife.com or on Facebook!

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