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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

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

31 Mary66


Rating: 5

Dr. Lynn Rogers, and Sue Mansfield are reaching a wide spread audience with important information on how we can better to co-habitat with black bears.
I am particularly pleased that a whole new generation will learn facts not fiction about black bears through the Education Outreach program currently under development by the North American Bear Center.

Review from Guidestar



Rating: 5

Dr. Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield have helped to educate the world about black bears; their efforts, through trust based research, have changed our perception of these magnificent creatures. Through the use of cameras in dens and Black Bear Education Boxes in classrooms our children have opportunities like never before to learn about nature and animals.

30 mbear


Rating: 5

Dr. Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield, biologists, have studied individual black bears in one clan for many years. Through their work they have been able to walk with the bears and gain valuable insight into eating, breeding, reproductive and family socialization habits of the black bear, and to then share this information with the world. They have provided tools for education in classrooms and opportunities for filming documentaries by the BBC. They have given me a changed perception of the black bear, from an animal to be simply feared, to an animal to be respected, remembering that it is a wild animal.

10 Kara J.


Rating: 1

The Wildlife Research Institute operates under the guise of "education" and "research" They exploit the bears that they study for money and notoriety. Not only are their research methods are not up to standard and their research permit is currently restricted by the Minnesota DNR, but they continually habituate these bears to humans other than themselves. This has been going on for years. These bears have been petted and fed by humans for years and this endangers their lives in the wild. I would not recommend this organization to any educator or student of wildlife studies. The WRI plays on the emotions and psychological needs of their fans and they cause great harm to the bears in the process.



Rating: 1

I am shocked at how poorly this organization treats the people that donate money to support it. I will definitely never donate again and recommend that you really think twice about donating to this organization. There are many other far more well deserving charities.