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Biologist Dr. Gary Alt to Discuss Role of Wildlife Management in Ecocystem Maintenance

Bethlehem, Pa., March 8, 2007—Dr. Gary Alt, wildlife research biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission for over 27 years, will speak at Moravian College on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The lecture is titled “The Role of Wildlife Management in Ecocystem Maintenance.”

Alt first made his mark in wildlife management through his nationally known studies of bear biology. More recently Alt has shifted his focus to deer. “Deer management is one of the most important jobs assigned to the Game Commission,” says Alt. “It influences every Pennsylvanian and impacts virtually every wildlife species.” Presently he is working to build a consensus among deer management stakeholders on a new deer management program that seeks to reduce the deer density and improve the health of the herd as well as other wildlife.

Alt’s work has been publicized by the national media, including National Geographic World, the Wall Street Journal, national television stations such as Good Morning America and CBS Morning News. In addition, he has been the recipient of countless prestigious awards and honors from scholastic institutions and recognized for his contributions in wildlife management. The video documentary, “On the Trail of Pennsylvania’s Black Bears,” highlights the results of twenty years of Alt’s research.

Alt is a Pennsylvania native who grew up on a dairy farm in Lackawanna County. He has a doctorate in Forest Resources Science from West Virginia University and a master's degree in Wildlife Management from The Pennsylvania State University. He is an avid hunter, fisherman, photographer, and naturalist.

During the day Alt will interact with Moravian students and share his experiences and expertise. The evening presentation, sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences,  is free and open to the public.  Prosser Auditorium in located in the Haupert Union Building which is at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets in Bethlehem, Pa.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.