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    Keep Bears Wild and Win Cash in California DFW’s 2013 Youth Film Contest

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering young filmmakers in the San Gabriel Valley an opportunity to win big cash prizes in its 2013 Bear Aware Youth Film Contest. High school students whose short films are selected for the top three prizes will win $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Deadline for submissions is April 24, 2013.

    Human carelessness with food and garbage is attracting black bears to populated areas in the San Gabriel Valley. When black bears are lured from their natural habitat by human food and garbage, they put themselves and the public at risk. In order to combat this problem, CDFW is seeking young filmmakers to produce short films (up to three minutes) that explain what can be done to keep black bears in the wild.

    CDFW provides students with “Bear Aware” messages and footage of black bears to include in their films. The winning films will be chosen by both a panel of judges and the public, and will be used as part of CDFW’s ongoing “Bear Aware” outreach and education campaign. For all contest rules, please visit

    The contest is open to high school students (9th-12th grade) who live in the San Gabriel Valley near the 210 freeway. Eligible school districts include but are not limited to Arcadia, Azusa, Bonita, Claremont, Duarte, Glendale, Glendora, La Canada, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino and Temple City.

    Prizes for the contest were donated by Sierra Club and Bass Pro Shop of Rancho Cucamonga. For more information, please contact CDFW’s Office of Communication, Education and Outreach at (916) 322-8962 or email [email protected]

    Image courtesy California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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