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Woodland Park Zoo grizzly bears will be tearing through a campsite June 5 as part of a demonstration about how humans and bears can coexist.

Zoo offers lessons in living with bears, wolves

The Woodland Park Zoo is inviting the public to discover how to live in harmony with bears and how to camp safely in bear country at the Bear Affair and Big Howl for Wolves event.

The event features talks by the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project and zookeepers, enrichment treats for bears and wolves, campsite demonstrations by Boy Scouts and activities focused on what bears and wolves need to survive in the wild and how we can all coexist.

Approximately 20,000 black bears exist in Washington and fewer than 30 grizzly bears remain in the North Cascades and Selkirk Mountains. Biologists believe there could be as few as 10 individual grizzly bears in the Cascades.

The zoo’s grizzlies will rip through a campsite and back yard set up in their naturalistic exhibit to show the messy results of improperly stored food and garbage in bear country.

There will also be an opportunity to hear about wolf conservation efforts by Wolf Haven International and learn about the plight of Asian bears.

Bear Affair and Big Howl for Wolves takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 5 at the Woodland Park Zoo. The event's activities are free with zoo admission.

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