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“Bears need you, NOW”

North American Bear Center
Ranked #1 of 34 things to do in Ely
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The North American Bear Center is the only educational facility of its kind - it helps people learn from the bears themselves about bear behavior, ecology, and their relations with humans. There is a huge need for accurate information about bears worldwide and the mission of the non-profit North American Bear Center is to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears
Reviewed June 30, 2013

I visited the Bear Center (finally) after following it online for many years. Because I live in the forest and see bears nearly every day when they aren't denning, what I have learned from Lynn and Sue and the other staff has been invaluable to me. Because of the Bear Center, I have had six years of what I can only call loving relationships with bears.
By some accident of fate, I arrived in Ely the day that the Center lost its permit to collar and track bears. The disservice that the MN DNR has done to bear research, the community of Ely and all of us outside the region is truly heartbreaking.
If you are reading this and especially if you are in Minnesota, I hope you will contact your governor and the DNR to protest their action. Their reasons for doing this are not supported by fact and appear to be motivated by petty reasons. The loss to Ely's financial health alone will be significant.
The Bear Center was really impressive: big in size and scope, full of video, displays, and films that let you into the complex world of bears. Here is an organization that approaches living things with respect, not fear. Isn't this a lesson we all need to be learning?
And of course, there are the "resident" bears, who all look amazingly healthy and are well tended by people sensitive to their individual needs.
Be sure to visit the Bear Center when you are in Ely. You will love it. And meanwhile, give it your political support or its research will end in approx 30 days.. end of July, 2013.

8  Thank Pearl413
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Upon the recommendation of my daughter and son-in-law, we traveled to the North American Bear Center. The facilities there are great and the area for the bears is clean - a natural habitat. I enjoyed the displays, the gift shop was great. We took a lot of photos and I really enjoyed it.

4  Thank Sandra G
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

We were unfortunate not to see the bears in their enclosure but saw them in the cages. Enclosure with water fall looked great. Enjoyed the pictures and stories in the exhibit. Knowledgeable staff available.

2  Thank Heather M
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

The bear center is very educational and family friendly. There is a lot to see and read about. The viewing area is nice and it was awesome to watch the bear eat up close. As we were wandering through, Lynn Rogers was standing there. He is an inspiration.

2  Thank HappyCamper444
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We went to Ely specifically to visit the International Wolf Centre and the North American Bear Centre, both of which are situated at each end of the town. We got to the bear centre just after opening time and spent over 3 hours there. The centre is dedicated to the education and the dispelling of fears about these wonderful creatures. The exhibits throughout the centre are informative and you can watch numerous short videos about various aspects of bear life, such as interpreting their various sounds and posturing. The 3 resident ambassador bears are normally in a huge 2.5 acre enclosure, which you can view from behind glass, but whilst we were there they were starting to build an outdoor elevated viewing deck. One of the bears in particular is very sociable and endearing and it was a privilege to be able to get so close to these magnificent creatures. The ticket is valid for the full day so you can come and go as you please throughout the day. The staff were very informative and friendly and open to questions.

2  Thank Chrisx2Leeds_England
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