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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals

Mission: To conduct scientific research on bears, other wildlife, and their habitat, and provide that information to decision-makers, the scientific community, students,and the public.

Programs: Wri continues to conduct the longest & most in-depth bear study ever done. Such research has produced over 100 scientific publications. This research also created and continues to update the content for the north american bear center's visitor center as well as their award winning website at bear. Org.

provided education on black bears through workshops attended by 81 participants, daily research updates read by over 3000 followers, production of three hour long bbc documentaries watched by over 7. 8 million viewers in their first airings, and maintaining two websites (bear. Org and bearstudy. Org) visited by over 1. 8 million visitors.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Don- J.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization. Been supporting them since 2010 when first LIVE black bear cam went online. Great videos showing the life of a black bear an her cubs fro birth to leaving the dens. Great education group with videos, an pictures also of black bears near Ely, Minnesota in the great woods. Please visit bear,org for more bear educational needs an learn that black bears need not be feared but be respected. Learn that a 'buff charge' isn't an aggressive move or an attack as many report, but just a bears way of saying ''you bare too close''. Will continue to support the group in the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

THRU the LIVE den cams the world of hibernating black bears has been seen by the whole world. The past year over 1000 classrooms watched the LIVE cams an used them as stepping stones into other subjects. THANKS to WRI, there is worldwide interest in the black bears unlike ever before. Thru this interest NEW wildlife rescues an rehabs have been sought out an supported by these same followers. I KNOW because it happened to me.

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1 Shannon56

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place to learn all about the WRI research bear , Dr. L Rogers and Sue M teach field courses where you learn how to find bear tracks and signs :D One day i would like to take this course .

1 Judy92

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The research on Black Bears done by the WRI in Ely in invaluable. Through online daily research updates, videos, photos and web cams of hibernating Black Bears and their cubs, thousands and thousands of people around the world have learned so much.

1 sk8bear

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have learned more than i ever thought there was to know about black bears from the research of the Wri.
They are dispelling the misconceptions that black bears are man killing animals. Through their research- the walks in the woods with with bears- viewing the den cams and the educational materials made available to schools this organization is top notch in educating the world about black bears. They are teaching the world what timid calm animals black bears are. They don't do it for glory or high pay, they do it for the education of the world so we can all learn to respect the bears and nature in general. They do it so humans can learn to coexist with nature as we are meant to.

6 Michele21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been following Dr.Lynn Rogers,and Sue Mansfield's research since early 2010. I have learned so much about the misconceptions of the black bear,and they are not the ferocious animals so many people think they are. For me it all started with a bear named Lily,giving birth via a live web cam in Ely,MN to a cub called Hope~Following the research,and Shadow's clan has been life changing for me,and I'm so grateful to learn everyday more and more,through the daily updates at the WRI,and bear.org~

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following Dr.Lynn Rogers,and Sue Mansfield's research since early 2010. I have learned so much about the misconceptions of the black bear,and they are not the ferocious animals so many people think they are. For me it all started with a bear named Lily,giving birth via a live web cam in Ely,MN to a cub called Hope~Following the research,and Shadow's clan has been life changing for me,and I'm so grateful to learn everyday more and more,through the daily updates at the WRI,and bear.org~

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Donor

Rating: 5

"Groundbreaking Education" is absolutely the best description I have ever seen fo rthis organization. The things they have learned, and shared freely, with the world is wonderful. Education is the only way there is to progress as a society, and the education shared by the Wildlife Research Institute is eye opening to say the very least. Why anyone would think that to be detrimental to anyone, or anything, is a mystery yet to be solved, beyond jealousy and revenge. I will continue to donate every penny I can to them, and if I were wealthy I would give the a good portion of all I have.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I personally witnessed their work in 2012. What a game changer. What they do is so far removed from the traditional approach that seemingly every finding they make is groundbreaking. Their findings challenge the decades old dogma we all learned in school and in outdoor circles. As a biologist, everything I "knew" about black bears was challenged. As a biologist with several decades of professional experience under my belt, I felt like my career might have been wasted. The dynamic duo of Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield, WRI supporting cast, and WRI volunteers are now some of my favorite people on the planet. They truly deserve healthy funding as they deliver value for every dollar. Kudos to them and if you were on the fence, don't be. They are a GREAT place for your dollars to make a real difference. To a person, everyone I have spoken with who has first hand knowledge of WRI simply can't say enough good about them. Count me in that camp now. Please help put them on sustainable footing. They return your good will with fantastic work.

3 Kerry M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are not enough words to describe the dedication and commitment Dr. Rogers and Sue Mansfield are making in their endeavor to research, educate and understand the life of the black bear. I have been following their efforts since 2010 and have learned more about black bears than I ever would have anticipated. Kudos to them for their tireless efforts and integrity!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From the very first time I clicked on the WRI and learned about Black Bears, I have been a daily observer and follower of Dr. Rogers and Sue Mansfield's research. It has been one of the most interesting, informative and exciting journeys I have ever been on ~ a worthy and invaluable labor of love and research - one filled with integrity, intelligence and humanity. The educational value is invaluable to children and adults alike, and has changed the hearts and minds of thousands who are learning about black bears and how they live. Study boxes are now available to teachers everywhere and with continued support, more and more can be done to educate the world. Kudos to the WRI!

4 Princessthekitty

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed the NABC and WRI since Jan 2011, watching the den cam hen Hope was born. Dr. Rogers and Sue Mansfield have and are doing a great job researching the lives of Shadow's clan and educating us on the truths about black bears and dismissing the myths. Their research is known worldwide and highly respected. I plan to visit Ely in July and visit the NABC. I have learned so much from this research. Both the NABC and WRI are doing a great job educating about black bears

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit ranks among the unique. The leaders, researchers, work 7 da/wk and easily 12-14 hrs./da. so that others will understand the important niche the American Black Bear holds in the world of wildlife and how humans can learn to co-exist with them. There are no big salaries or performance vehicles, only hours of forest trekking, data compiling and communication. The WRI is among the finest of non-profits-a gem of integrity. It is a privilege to support this Research and benefit from it.