Bears are captivating and highly intelligent creatures. When we cross paths, bears will often try to speak to us to let us know their comfort level with our presence. Unless you know “Bear Speak” you may not know how to react. This class will teach you everything you need to know about the language of bears.

Daryl Ratajczak is a wildlife biologist working for the Bureau of Land Management. He obtained his degree in wildlife management and managed a black bear rehab, research, and education facility located outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He worked for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and served as the big game program coordinator, managing the state’s deer, bear, and elk programs, eventually becoming the chief of Wildlife and Forestry for the state of Tennessee.