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“A fantastic place headed by a brilliant man”

North American Bear Center
Ranked #2 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 August 25, 2013

The research Dr Rogers has done and continues to do is phenomenal. He is probably the number one black bear authority in the world. He, Sue Mansfield, and staff are dedicated professionals. The world of animals is a better place thanks to them.

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We actually visited the bear center a few years back, but went by again last week. It has recently been getting a lot of news coverage with the state wanting to shut it down. I believe they feel the individual collaring and studying the bears is making them too used to human contact and in turn, may pose a threat to the community. Famous researchers such as Jane Goodall have spoke on his behalf. What will become of his studies, I cannot predict. It is a very interesting center with a few web cams on active bear dens. Much to be learned by humans.

1  Thank Mary S
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

A little sad to see the caged bears that seemed to be more like a zoo exhibit than natural environment. I'm not sure the DNR is totally wrong in pulling this firms tagging of the bears. I don't believe animals need to be presented as warm cuddly creatures like dolphins. I like the Wolf Center approach better

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Loved the Bear Center! When we first got there Lucky jumped into the swimming pool and played for a while with his giant green pickle. Very cute! Then we met Honey, the female bear, and for a while during our talk they came and went in front of the observation area. Very informative place and nice little gift shop. Would recommend it to friends.

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

So much to read, and so many videos to watch. A whole lot of information at this place.
One draw back for the youngsters is that you don't always see the bears. They are out in their habitat and don't always come in for viewing. But they do have a wonderful hands on area for the little 'cubs' as they call it.
So many stuffed bears of all kinds, that were very interesting and explained well.

2  Thank nannerjammer
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