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Published on Apr 29, 2012
Aster complains as her mom June tries to groom her. All three bears forage, primarily on large-leaf Aster (the bear food Aster is named after) while the shoots are young and tender.
At the Wildlife Research Institute, biologists Lynn Rogers, Ph.D. and Sue Mansfield, M.S., along with their team of researchers, have spent over 44 years studying black bears and sharing their information with the public. Their work has been recognized as one of the four major studies of large mammals in the world.
Using trust rather than traps and tranquilizers, they are conducting the longest, most detailed study of black bear behavior and ecology ever done. A focus is on reducing bear-human conflict.
They share information with the public through publications, lectures, field courses, the Internet (bear.org and bearstudy.org), TV documentaries, and the North American Bear Center. The Center is dedicated to advancing the long-term survival of bear populations by replacing misconceptions with facts.
Many people say these nonprofit organizations have changed their lives by giving them a better understanding about black bears and making it possible for them to fully enjoy living and hiking in bear habitat.