Wildlife Artists Invited to Enter 16th Annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites artists to submit their original artwork for the 16th Annual Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest. Both Maryland residents and non-residents may enter now through Friday, March 16, 2012.

“The proceeds from the sale of the Black Bear Stamp and other related products are used to compensate farmers in Maryland who experience agricultural damage caused by black bears,” said Patricia Allen, Information & Education program manager for DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service.

All entries must be original, previously unreleased artwork. Each contestant may submit one entry for a non-refundable $10 entry fee. Contest entries will be judged on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the Patuxent National Wildlife Visitors Center in Laurel, Md., in conjunction with the 23rd Annual Patuxent Wildlife Art Show.

For complete contest rules and entry forms visit dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/StampContests/BlackBear/ContestBrochure.pdf, email Patricia Allen at pallen@dnr.state.md.us or call 410-260-8537.