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The Eastern Black Bear


The purpose of the Eastern Black Bear Workshop is to bring together state/provincial biologists, federal biologists, and university researchers with responsibilities for managing black bear populations in the eastern USA and Canada to discuss issues important to the management, conservation, and perpetuation of those black bear populations. EBBWs are inherently different from general conferences. Whereas conferences have the purpose of sharing information through the presentation of research and management papers, EBBWs are designed not only to share information, but more specifically to discuss and find solutions to problems of managing bear populations at the regional level.

About the Workshop

The first official Eastern Black Bear Workshop was held in Delmar, New York in July 1972. The meeting was hosted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Wildlife Research Lab; 31 attendees represented 10 states and one federal agency. Since 1972, the Workshop has had a consistent and successful track record of 18 biennial meetings hosted by 15 states and one Canadian province (Tables 1 and 2). Attendance has ranged from 31 at the first meeting to 146 at the 12th Workshop, with an average attendance of 89.

Next Up: Pennsylvania

We are really excited about the upcoming meeting in 2017.  Please be sure to register soon.

​ The 23rd Eastern Black Bear Workshop (EBBW) will be hosted in April 2017 by the Pennsylvania Game Commission in the Laurel Highlands region of southwestern Pennsylvania. This area, situated atop the Allegheny Plateau, is home to approximately 1,300 black bear with several large public lands, a number of State Parks, and a variety of historic and cultural attractions. The website www.laurelhighlands.org provides a summary of things to see and do in the region.



April 24-27, 2017



Antiochian Village Conference Center, 6 miles north of Ligonier, PA


Lodging/meal package:

Includes 3 nights and 9 meals beginning with dinner on Monday through lunch on Thursday

Single Occupancy $404.49
Double Occupancy $316.20
Triple Occupancy $286.77

To select a lodging and meal package, please visit the Antiochian Conference Center website HERE.


Registration fee:

Student $120.00
Early $135.00
After 4/1/17 $145.00

Nearest airports:

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (LBE, 11 miles) at Latrobe, PA

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT, 69 miles) at Pittsburgh, PA

Limited airport transportation will be available for participants arriving on April 24 and departing on April 27. Availability and cost are detailed on the Antiochian Village website.



The 23rd EBBW will be a working session designed for biologists involved with black bear research and management. The agenda has not been finalized, but due to topics suggested at the end of the last Workshop, we plan to have sessions focused on human-bear conflict management, agency response and investigation of bear attacks, advancements in bear handling techniques, and disease in black bears.  Keep up to date with our evolving agenda here.


A poster session also is planned. Poster abstracts showcasing recent work in black bear research will be accepted from July 1, 2016 through February 1, 2017. Details on poster guidelines and the required submission form are available at here.


Mark Ternent Justin Brown
mternent@pa.gov judbrown@pa.gov
(814) 625-3597 (814) 863-8370

Our Past Meetings

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