The world’s bear researchers meet every 18 months. Past meetings have beenin Greece, the Georgian Republic, etc. This one’s in Alaska, starting June12. This is a big deal. Among other events, there are evening lecturesopen to the public, one by mauling survivor Dan Bigley, the guy who had thetop of his face removed by a bear in Alaska, another by well-known publicbroadcaster Richard Nelson. But our guests will be biologists. Our panelwill delve into the science of a subject that is always of acute interestto Alaskans, from Polar Bear tundra to Brown Bear stream to Black Bearrainforest. Bear biology, status and bear/human behavior will be on theagenda.A bear cub on the Chilkoot River in 2010. (Ray Morris/Flickr Creative Commons)Download AudioHOST: Steve HeimelGUESTS:Steve Amstrup, Chief Scientist, Polar Bears International, bytelephone from Wyoming.Dave Garshelis, Bear co-chairman, International Union for the Conservationof Nature, by telephone from MinnesotaMargaret Williams, World Wildlife Fund, one of the conference organizers,in studioStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.