Ben Carlucci, a 2008 graduate of Loyalsock Township High School and 2012 graduate of Shippensburg University, is one of two summer bear researchers at the Boy Scouts of America's Philmont High Adventure Base in Cimarron, N.M.
The two researchers make note of all bear sightings and reports and use them to help track the bear population of Philmont in order to help maintain both bear and human safety.
Carlucci has been showing Scouts how to avoid bears and how not to reward curious behavior by feeding them. He is teaching alongside colleague Grace Bond, of Oregon.
Their goal is to make bears as uncomfortable around humans as possible and to convey tips to Scouts on dealing with a bear in the wild.
The two also educated the Scouts on mountain lions and how to deal with the big cats in the wild.
Carlucci pursued a bachelor's degree in biology with a secondary education certification at Shippensburg.
For his undergraduate research project, he headed a fawn health research project by studying deer organs from animals harvested at Letterkenny Army Depot.
Carlucci will begin graduate studies in biology in the fall at Bloomsburg University.