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  • Location: North American Bear Centre, Ely Minnesota, United States
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  • Info: Live streaming webcam showing black bears at the North American Bear Centre in Ely, Minnesota, United States. The North American Bear Center is the only black bear and wildlife educational facility of its kind - a place where people are able to learn from the bears themselves.

    More Info: The founder and principal biologist at the North American Bear Center is Dr. Lynn Rogers, PhD. He has spent 50+ years studying wildlife behaviour and ecology. Specializing in bears, he has senior-authored more peer-reviewed scientific articles on black bears than anyone. He followed the lives of over 300 bears in the vast forests of northeastern Minnesota, studying individual bears for up to 23 years. Along the way, he learned that black bears are not the ferocious animals some people think and that researchers can accompany them for data collection. Rogers is also the founder and principal biologist of the Wildlife Research Institute (WRI) near Ely, Minnesota. Most of his published papers can be downloaded from the WRI website at

    The North American Bear Center was set up to provide information about black bears behaviour, ecology and their relationship with humans. The centre is a home for several ambassador bears who live in enclosures which have been made as natural as possible. The centre also features exhibits, a theater, children's activities, and interpretive nature trails.

    The black bear ( Ursus americanus ) is the smallest, yet most common, of the three bear species found in America – after the polar bear and grizzly bear. Black bears are only found in North America and generally inhabit forests living on a diet of fruits, nuts, shoots and vegetation. Grizzly bears tend to live in more open vegetation but there is still some overlap between the two. The grizzly is much stronger and more aggressive and if there was a fight between the two the grizzly would definately win.