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About the Wildlife Research Institute

Working with biologist Lynn Rogers, Ph.D., for over 50 years, the Wildlife Research Institute (WRI) is conducting the longest and most detailed black bear study and the largest educational outreach program ever done for black bears. Research focuses on improving coexistence between people and bears in an increasingly urbanized environment.  WRI provides the information to over a hundred million people each year through TV, radio, books, magazines, museum exhibits, black bear courses, and the Internet.  It created the content for the North American Bear Center's new Visitor Center, which opened near Ely, Minnesota, on May 5, 2007.  WRI works with government agencies to improve bear management.  WRI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by course fees, lecture fees, memberships, donors, merchandise sales, and dedicated volunteers. Want to know more about black bears? Join a Black Bear Course (a field course with wild black bears), and check the North American Bear Center's award-winning website at