bill_lea_bears2What is it that people find so fascinating about black bears? Is it their size and strength? Could it be our fear of bears? Is it the cuteness of a black bear cub or the childhood association so many of us have with the Teddy Bear?

The answer is probably “yes” to all of the above.

Shy and reclusive, black bears may be one of the most misunderstood animals in the world. For years, Bill Lea has been trying to change that fact through his photography and knowledge of bears, which he has shared via books, magazines, brochures, television, radio and frequent civic and school presentations.

At  7 p.m. on Friday, July 26, Lea will present a free discussion called “Understanding the Black Bear” for the B.E.A.R. Task Force at the Highlands Recreation Center.

Lea has been featured on Dateline NBC, National Public Radio, the Animal Planet channel, British Broadcasting Company (BBC) documentaries, Midwest Outdoors, and a host of local and regional television programs.

For more information about the event, call (828) 526-9227.