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Lions and Hikers and Bears, Oh My


Daryl Ratajczak, Wildlife Biologist, Large Carnivore Specialist, U.S. Forest Service

Hiking in New Mexico’s National Forests is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and reconnect with your “wild side.”  It is a treat to see some of the forest’s large predators in their natural habitat, but it is always wise to practice common sense safety tips.  Come and learn some of these tips from U.S. Forest Service Wildlife Biologist, Daryl Ratajczak, as he discusses bear and cougar behavior and what you should do to stay safe while visitng their home.

Daryl Ratajczak is a Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Forest Service in the Santa Fe National Forest. Apex (top) predators and other large mega-fauna are his passion and specialty.  Prior to joining the Forest Service, Daryl worked for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and served as the Big Game Program Coordinator managing the state’s bear, deer and elk programs. He eventually became Chief of Wildlife for the state of Tennessee but found the "desk-life" didn't suit him and decided to pursue his lifelong dream of living and working in the west.

Held at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 • (505) 841-2800 Visit:

Purchase in advance online to guarantee your seats, go to  Online lecture ticket sales stop Noon the day of the lecture. The day of the lecture if seats are available they will be sold at the door as a first come first server basis, at the NMMNH&S's Admissions desk.  Doors open at 6:15pm.  

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science reserves the right to cancel any event that does not reach a minimum of 6 participants. 

$6 General, $5 Members, $4 Students
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