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Friends Supporting the WRI and the Research Bears

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Join Thousands Of Supporters Donating To Protect Black Bear Research

Do you remember the excitement you felt watching the den cam as Lily gave birth to Hope? Or, the pride you felt watching Eli and Ellie leaving the den for the first time?

These real-time peeks into the lives of black bears will stop immediately if the Wildlife Research Institute ( does not prevail in its quest to retain its research and education permit. Also at stake might be the future of the North American Bear Center (

As you know, Dr. Lynn Rogers has been conducting groundbreaking research on black bears for 42 years without incident. His mission is to enhance human knowledge about black bears so the two can co-exist in increasingly urban environments.

Dr. Rogers has pioneered trust-based research methods, has utilized cutting-edge technology to open up the black bear world to followers around the world, and has replaced misconceptions with facts about these intelligent, timid creatures. He has authored numerous books and articles and more than a dozen documentaries have been produced about his work. He has been dubbed the ‘Jane Goodall’ of the bear world.

Now, all this precious research is in jeopardy because the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has refused to renew Dr. Rogers’ research permit, one it has granted since 1999. On July 29, 2013, Dr. Rogers was successful in securing from Ramsey County District Judge John Guthman a Court-approved agreement between the DNR and WRI extending the permit, with conditions, pending an administrative review of the DNR’s decision not to renew the research permit. This review will take place over the next six to nine months.

Recently, Dr. Rogers got a vote of confidence from Jane Goodall, the famed African chimpanzee researcher. Goodall sent a letter to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton saying she backed Rogers’ bear research near Ely and urging the governor to allow Rogers to continue his work.

As well as patience, this prolonged legal proceeding will take money.

Dr. Rogers cares enough to fight to keep the research going. Do you?

Please donate to the WRI Legal Fund so that Dr. Rogers can continue legal action against the DNR in order to regain his research permit.

Visit to read more about the research and what’s at stake if it goes away. And, learn how you can donate.

Thanks for being a supporter,


P.S. And, the bears thank you too!



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