Grizzly bears died out in Utah many decades ago; are black bears disappearing, too? An answer to that question may be offered Thursday, Oct. 25, when an expert on North American bears, Barrie Gilbert, speaks about the future of the mighty predator.

Gilbert, a professor of wildlife biology at Utah State University, Logan, will speak at the First Unitarian Church, 569 S. 1300 East, starting 7:30 p.m.The free session, called "Bears - What Is Their Future?" features a lecture and slide show by Gilbert. It is sponsored by the Utah Wilderness Association and the Utah Audubon Society.

"Dr. Gilbert has extensively studied bears, including groundbreaking research in Yellowstone National Park and Alaska," said Dick Carter, coordinator of the wilderness association. "He understands their needs and also the policies that threaten them."

Gilbert was seriously injured by a grizzly in Yellowstone but continues to study the bears. He is a member of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition Council, a group that is interested in protecting wildlife in and around Yellowstone.