Wildlife Research Institute

Rating: 4.46 stars   46 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 1482 Trygg Rd Ely MN 55731 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 .

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No change .

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2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Life-changing

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2013

 
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3 people found this review helpful

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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5 people found this review helpful

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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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

 
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5 people found this review helpful

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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Definitely

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Life-changing

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2010

 
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22 people found this review helpful

I have been following the work of Dr. Rogers and Ms. Mansfield for several years, and finally had the opportunity to take the Bear Study Course last summer. I am a physician, educator and a researcher, and very familiar with scientific methodology. Their research is sound, impeccably done and likely to yield important findings on bear behavior. Management of the finances is likewise beyond reproach. They personally never benefit from any of it, live very simple and modest lives, and are truly dedicated to their research, but even more so to education about black bears. Countless elementary school children are learning more than they could ever imagine from these animals, including science, math, civics and the ups and downs of life. These are lessons that cannot be duplicated in other ways. I will continue to support Dr. Rogers and Ms Mansfield in any way I can, including contributing my knowledge towards interpretation of their findings whenever they feel appropriate.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Several visits including the bear study course.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage Dr. Rogers to publish his data more promptly. He has some excellent material that must be published in high impact peer-reviewed publications, in order to disseminate his findings. Some of the data may have implications for human medicine as well.

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Life-changing

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2009

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Through other researchers who recommended WRI to me.

 
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26 people found this review helpful

Dr Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield are teaching the world about how the Black Bear lives, what they eat, how they grow, mating, giving birth, raising , protecting and teaching cubs, territory, scent marking, so much information that was never known or documented before. The education that is being taught in the class rooms through the use of the den cams is teaching children that the Black Bear is a beautiful animal and not at all ferocious as we all once believed. Dr Rogers and Sue are showing the world that Humans & Black Bears can co -exist in peace.. I have and will continue to support this important research. Thank You Dr Rogers and Sue Mansfield for all you do!

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2012

 
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34 people found this review helpful

I've taken the time to read all these reviews with some laughing at the lengths a few disgruntled people will go to discredit something that they were once totally involved in and sang the praises of, only to get their toes "stepped on" because of the unfair treatment said people gave the general public fan as moderators and fundraiser heads for the NABC and WRI. I just LOVE the Law of REAPING what we plant. Some people call it karma....same principle. We are promised by God that whatever we "sow, we will also reap." Sow goodness and kindness and it will come back to you 10 fold or more. Sow hatefulness and lies and THAT too is promised by God to come back to the sower. Dr. Lynn Rogers and Biologist Sue Mansfield are two of the kindest people I have ever met. It is Dr. Rogers' life goal to teach the world about the American Black Bear and how they relate to one another and to humans. Thousands and thousands of people agree with him. So why should we even listen to the few who are pissed off because they lost in the "power struggle" that they created themselves. Yay for goodness and Kindness. Good will always overcome evil.......................EVERY TIME.

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30 people found this review helpful

The work of the WRI speaks for itself. This information is invaluable and has made an enormous contribution to the understanding of black bears. The more we know about these animals, the better we can coexist. It stands to reason that a bear is far better off being observed in its natural environment without being subjected to physical harm or sedation. Many sedated bears have gone into respiratory distress and died as a result. Rogers and Mansfield take a very neutral, benign approach to learning about these animals. The people who perpetuate their smear campaign against Dr. Rogers and Sue Mansfield do so out of personal agendas and not at all because they care about the welfare of these bears. Most of them were fervent supporters of the WRI/NABC at one point, and absolutely nothing has changed in terms of the research. I will continue to support the WRI/NABC and am grateful for the opportunity to learn from their experience.

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30 people found this review helpful

I have been following Dr. Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield and the Bears since 2010 when I first read in the local paper that a black bear was about to give birth and there was a den cam . Dr. Rogers and Sue Mansfield have since helped to educate the world about black bears. These beautiful creatures are not the ferocious animals we have all feared. The TRUST between Dr Rogers, Sue and the bears is amazing and is the main focus in gaining the knowledge we are all learning from these bears . Children are learning the truths about black bears in the classrooms with the use of den cams, over 500 schools nation wide follow these bears daily in their classrooms. Education is the best way for future generations to learn how to co-exist peacefully with these beautiful creatures. Thank you Dr. Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield for sharing your life's work and dreams. We are all learning !

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26 people found this review helpful

I started following Dr. Roger's and Sue Mansfield's bear research in Jan. 2010 when the webcam was first placed in Lily's den. I found it so intriguing that I went to 'bearstudy.com' and found the previous publications; they, too, were intriguing. I'd taken a trip into the BWCAW for nearly 30 summers, and 'thought' I knew bears. That concept has been 'blown out of the water'!! I've since come to know and understand them far more intimately, thanks to the den cams, and have an immensely greater respect for bears than I would ever have without this new information. I've always loved to learn, and am so grateful that Dr. Rogers and Sue Mansfield have afforded this continued learning opportunity by their research!! And the 'learning' is something NEW almost daily! Their gentle method of working with the 12 - 16 research bears fits with the way I believe it should be done. And when I watch Jewel with her cubs and then realize there are probably another 8,000 -10,000 mother bears in dens with cubs out of the 22,000 bears in the state of Minnesota doing the exact same thing...pretty humbling... especially since I never gave it a thought before the dencam. There is far more learning to be had in this field, and the new information will be found as a result of this research! Thank you Doc & Sue!

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