February 15, 2012
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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