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North American Bear Center, Ely

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Specialty Museum Wildlife Area
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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  • There were many informational displays that taught my family a lot about the black bears. Watching the bears from the viewing area was a lot of fun and the behind the scenes tour was so fun. The only ...  more »
  • An excellent small center, focused primarily on the black bear, but with good information about other bear species. The educational exhibits are very well done. The bears who live there are enclosed b...  more »
  • Behind the scenes was great!! Recommend for anyone. We had a chance to see Tasha and Ted while they got some treats.  more »