Seth Brown

Seth Brown standing in front of a wooden structure and two grazing elk HCC Fish and Wildlife student Seth Brown spent the summer as an intern in the Cataloochee Valley.

Haywood Community College Fish and Wildlife Management Technology student Seth Brown likes bears. He grew up hunting them. And this summer he spent a lot of time getting to know them up close and personal.

Seth was an intern through the Student Conservation Association (SCA). He worked in the Cataloochee Valley on the elk reintroduction project. His duties consisted of  trapping black bears to move them from the elk herd to try to improve the elk survival rate, tracking both the elk and bears using radio telemetry, providing medical care, charting reproduction and survival rates, recording vital signs, and sedating the animals.

The Asheville native is a graduate of Asheville High School. He spent four in the Marines before coming to HCC. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee to become a big game biologist. He is specifically interested in bear research.

At HCC, Seth enjoys the hands-on nature of the Fish and Wildlife Program. “We spend half the time outdoors,” he says of his classes. Seth participates in the Wildlife Club and the axe throw and pole climb competitions.

Seth says he learned about The Student Conservation Association from HCC graduate David McKinney who interned through the program last year at Yellowstone National Park. SCA is a nonprofit organization that offers conservation internships and summer trail crew opportunities to more than 3,000 people each year. SCA members complete projects in every conservation discipline - from archeology to zoology - and everything in between.

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