North American Bear Center, Ely

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Bears have been unfairly demonized for centuries. Exaggerated perceptions of danger historically led to eradication campaigns using bounties, poison, trapping, and shooting. All eight bear species around the world are now listed as vulnerable, threatened or endangered in all or portions of their ranges. Remote habitats that once insured isolation and protection are now being occupied by people, and the attitudes of these people will determine the future of those populations.
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  • We made a special trip from the Twin Cities to visit the Bear Center and it was totally worth it. We took the tour, met the resident bears, and were fortunate to be there at "snack time" when a tray o...  more »
  • Our Cub Scout Pack was contacted about participating in a merit badge program by the Bear Center. Our Bear Den participated in the program and it was excellent. Lots of information and fun hands on ac...  more »
  • The North American Bear Center is a black bear and wildlife educational center and is located on Highway 169, a few blocks west of Ely, Minnesota. Ely is located about 100 miles north of Duluth and ab...  more »

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Most of the accommodations in Ely cluster along Sheridan Street. The important thoroughfare is also home to cafes, outdoor equipment stores, supermarkets, and restaurants, so a stay there puts you right in the thick of things. Choose between the various motels and inns located along this stretch, with some offering standalone bungalow lodgings, others onsite spas, and all of them an enviable position in the heart of town. Pioneer Road swings out of town and follows the edge of the lake, offering access to larger, more upscale resorts.
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