This page is sponsored by supporters and fans of the Wildlife Research Institute (“WRI”), and its affiliated company, North American Bear Center (“NABC”), both located near Ely, Minnesota. They were founded by Lynn Rogers, Ph.D., who is a bear biologist and ecologist. He has been studying the American Black Bear for over 40 years and has extensive expertise regarding the bears and their habitat.
Dr. Rogers’ research is based on a concept of trust so that he can observe and get vital information from the bears while they are fully awake and not tranquilized in any manner. His unique approach has garnered both high praise and some naysayers along the way, but he continues to forge ahead in his pursuit to gather data and teach others that the Black Bear is not the ferocious animal it was once thought to be. As humans continue to encroach on territories and precious habitat of so many different species, including the Black Bears, Dr. Rogers teaches that there are in fact ways to co-exist with all of nature in a humane and responsible manner, which also includes humane hunting practices.
Along with Sue Mansfield, MS, who is also a biologist for WRI, Dr. Rogers has been studying the genealogy of one particular family line of bears in the far northeastern corner of Minnesota. Known as Shadow’s Clan, several generations have been tracked, including one of Shadow’s better known descendants, Lily. Lily is well-known in the world of Facebook, with over 146,000 fans, as “Lily: The Black Bear”. The official website for WRI is http://www.bearstudy.org, and for NABC is it http://www.bear.org. Each brings its own information about the study bears and the American Black Bear in general.
In addition to being published in many peer-reviewed and other publications, Dr. Rogers has enjoyed teaching about the Black Bear through television programs on NatGeo, Animal Planet and the BBC.
NABC currently offers education materials to over 500 schools through its Education Outreach program. The program provides teaching materials and live streaming video into selected bear dens through WRI’s research and education permit issued by the MN DNR. The permit allows WRI to not only collect important data related to the denning of the bears, but also gives the public an excellent learning experience into the lives of bears. School children from all over the U.S. and other countries get to learn first hand in real-time about what goes on in bear dens during the winter months, including following the births of cubs and their early journey in life before venturing out of the dens in the Spring.
This page is not endorsed by the WRI or NABC — it is simply an avenue for supporters and fans to have input and help provide sensible information to the public regarding the American Black Bear.