Mark Ternent is currently employed as a Wildlife Biologist in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Management. Hired in August 2000, he is responsible for studying and managing Pennsylvania's black bear population. Bears have been the focus of his career in wildlife research since 1991.
A native of Lonaconing, Maryland, a rural community in the state's western mountains, Mr. Ternent earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife-Fisheries Management from Frostburg State University, Maryland, and a Master of Science Degree in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Minnesota in St Paul, Minnesota. He received several academic awards from both institutions, including Summa Cum Laude. Black bear ecology and how to resolve a burgeoning nuisance bear problem at a large military training reserve in central Minnesota were the subjects of Mr. Ternent's graduate research.
Before joining the Game Commission, he served as a black bear and grizzly bear biologist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department since May 1996. While there, he compiled harvest data and proposed annual harvest goals for the bear management program; studied black bear and grizzly bear population numbers; attempted to resolve human-bear conflicts; and conducted public outreach and education programs about bears. He also worked closely with federal agencies in monitoring recovery of the threatened Yellowstone Grizzly Bear population. From March 1994 until May 1996, Mr. Ternent worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation conducting research on wild turkeys in the southeast Ozark Mountains and prairie chicken reintroductions in northcentral Missouri.
An author and co-author of many wildlife articles and reports, Mr. Ternent is a member of the International Association for Bear Research and Management, the Northeast Bear Technical Committee, the Mid-Appalachian Bear Study Group, and the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Wildlife Society. He currently lives outside the State College area with wife, Rhonda.