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Learn all about N.J. black bears at Prallsville Mills in Stockton

Hunterdon County was declared black bear country in 1999, and black bear have certainly made their presence known all across the state since then.

Join Tom Sheppard, chief park naturalist for Hunterdon County, to learn the basic ecology on black bears, how to reduce your chances a negative encounter with these animals, as well as the future pressures that black bear in New Jersey face. The event takes place at Thursday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m., at Prallsville Mills in Stockton.

Sheppard has been with the county for almost 20 years, and along with all his duties, he is an avid birder around the country. He just saw his 709th species while in Maine, and his family dates back to the earliest days of the county. Visit the County Park online to learn more about recreational programs available to people of all ages in Hunterdon.

The Prallsville Mills complex in Stockton is considered a significant example of early American industrial architecture that was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Today, the mill proudly features cultural and historic events for the entire community.

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