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Salmon Prairie Students Win Bear Poster Prizes

Winners showing their posters are sitting in the front row, from left: third place Sammi Dorne, second place Charlene Kesterson, first place Crystal Michelle Dorne. Standing, from left: Jacob Wood, teacher Hazel Kesterson, Amy Meyer, Marshall Meyer, Willy Maus, Anna Wood, Royd Hansen, teacher Jill Maus, Nathan Wood.

June 10, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder

Salmon Prairie School student Crystal Michelle Dorne won $25 for her poster showing residents how to avoid attracting bears to their property.

Swan Ecosystem Center sponsored the poster contest this spring for Swan Valley kindergarten through eighth grade students.

Due to poor huckleberry crops last fall, bears went into hibernation hungry.

Bears that survived in their dens last winter were extra hungry when they emerged this spring. Because of the mild winter there were few winter-killed deer for bears to feed on, which made their situation worse.

Lacking huckleberries last fall, bears found food around homes. This spring and summer they will likely return to those same places. So this is an ideal time to remind ourselves how to keep bears and humans out of harm's way.

The $15 second-place prize went to Charleen Kesterson. Sammi Dorne won $10 for third place. All three contest winners were from Salmon Prairie School.

Swan Lake students also entered the contest.

Copies of the winning posters will be displayed at Swan Valley businesses this summer. All of the original entries will be on display at the Swan Ecosystem Center visitor center in the U.S. Forest Service Condon Work Center.

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