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Review for North American Bear Center, Ely, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The North American Bear Center and it's sister organization, The Wildlife Research Institute, are leaders in educating the public about all bears, and in particular the North American Black Bear that live around the Bear Center's headquarters in Ely, Minnesota. NABC/WRI have used cameras in hibernating bear's dens to broadcast live births over the internet. These "den cams" have reached hundreds of thousand of viewers world wide and have been broadcast to numerous classrooms throughout the United States. School children learn about black bears through packets that that the NABC provides to their teachers.
Additionally, the NABC uses Facebook to update the public daily on the activities of the bear's in it's research study. These particular research bears have GPS collars and are followed by Dr. Lynn Rogers or his associate biologist Sue Mansfield. The researchers have earned the bears' trust through non-aggressive means and they can walk with the bears to study them. They change the batteries in the bears' collars by simply offering a handful of nuts and gentle words. Many hours are spent learning about bear behavior and building a repetoire with individual bears. Not all bears will allow the researchers to walk with them, even though they may have known them since birth. It depends on bear personalities, just like humans!
The NABC and WRI websites have tons of information available to the public about all species of bears and can answer almost every question you can think of from what bears like to eat, to what they really do all winter long in their dens. The NABC has a unique center that the public can tour and see exhibits and three beautiful bears that live on-site. Ted, Honey, and Lucky will steal your heart with their antics.
This is such a great non-profit organization and I recommend you make a donation to the North American Bear Center.

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