As Vermont’s population of black bear thrives, state officials are developing plans to manage the species. Vermont Public Television’s “Outdoor Journal” will broadcast a live discussion Thursday, July 14, at 8 p.m. on black bear. The program will also be webcast live at and archived online as video on demand.

Outdoorsman and writer Lawrence Pyne will host. Joining him will be Patrick Berry, commissioner of the state Fish and Wildlife Department; lead black bear biologist Forrest Hammond; and chief warden Col. David LeCours.

VPT will take calls from viewers at 1-866-424-LIVE during the show. Questions are also welcome in advance or during the program at

Production funding for “Outdoor Journal” is provided by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Additional funding is provided by Remo and Peter Pizzagalli.

Ann Curran at (802) 655-8059, or Jeff Vande Griek at (802) 655-8062,

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