Black Bear Complex Ribbon-Cutting and Dedication

The Wildlife Center held a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony today for the nearly-complete Black Bear Complex.  Joining the Wildlife Center for the ceremony was Doug Domenech, Virginia’s Secretary of Natural Resources, and Bob Duncan, Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries [VDGIF].  

The Wildlife Center was able to offer a LIVE online ceremony via Critter Cam and the moderated discussion, as well as (for the first time) live streaming via YouTube and the GoPro camera. 

 

 

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The new bear facility was dedicated in memory of Dennis Martin, a VDGIF Wildlife Biologist who devoted his career to the conservation and welfare of Virginia’s Black Bears.  The family of Dennis Martin was at the ceremony:

Bob Duncan, Executive Director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries:

Jaime Sajecki, DGIF Black Bear Project Leader and David K. Whitehurst, DGIF Director of Wildlife Resources:

Wildlife Center President Ed Clark provides a TV interview:

Bear Complex in the news:

Wildlife Center Opens Bear Care Facility, WHSV-TV

Wildlife Center of VA Dedicates Bear Enclosure, WVIR-TV

Virginia Bear Habitat Opens, WSLS-TV

New Regional Bear Complex is Dedicated, WDBJ-TV

The Wildlife Center of Virginia Dedicates New Outdoor Housing For Bears, WCVE radio