February 14, 2013
Several years ago, through the technology of web cams, a website and a Facebook Page, more than a 100,000 people (and growing), worldwide, were introduced to the habitat and behaviors of Black Bears. Beyond the inaccurate media hype of terror and aggression, Dr. Lynn Rogers showed us a new reality of life in the Northwoods with these mostly gentle creatures. Through videos made by the BBC, we learned more about Black Bear families and how to co-exist with them. Education is the key. The North American Black Bear Center provides "Education Boxes" to Teachers for a nominal rental fee. The contents bring information about Black Bears right into the classroom. If you can make the trip to Ely, visit the NABC. It is similar to a Natural History Museum dedicated to these animals. Meet Ted E. Bear, Honey and Lucky, the outdoor Black Bears that live on protected ground year round. Visit the web cams on the Wildlife Research Institute website to see Lily and her two cubs born last month. Check out Jewel and her two yearlings, Herbie and Fern. And there's always the Pond Bears that live on the premises. I have learned more about Black Bears from Dr. Rogers than I have from any TV program or books. The reason behind that is Dr. Rogers, via cams and his ongoing research, let's the Bears teach us themselves. What a wonderful experience!
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