Wildlife Research Institute

A nonprofit organization

$5,100 raised by 35 donors

51% complete

$10,000 Goal

Your donations will be used for diversionary bear food to continue our highly successful long-term study that has kept bears from being shot as nuisances in years of wild berry crop failures and produced some of the oldest black bears in Minnesota, including the second oldest black bear on record at 35 years of age. Most of what we are learning is new to science and contrary to old beliefs.


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.

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Wildlife Research Institute

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1482 Trygg Rd
Ely, MN 55731