Vince Shute was a Minnesota logging man. He understood something that many loggers didn’t. “The bears aren’t mean, just hungry!” The black bears would wander into camp, attracted to the smell of cooking food and the disposal of the trash. Instead of shooting the bears, Shute began feeding them out in the meadow away from the cabins. It worked and they were able to live at peace with these amazing creatures.
Shute was concerned about what would become of the bears after he was gone. To secure their future he donated his part of the land for the development of The American Bear Association to create a sanctuary. They provide people with education, opportunities for observation, and the chance to experience bears in their natural habitat. Enjoy watching them from the safety of the observation deck. A trained representative from the sanctuary will share important information and interesting facts about the bears you are watching.
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Be sure to bring your camera to capture some of the over 50 wild bears and the abundance of other wildlife that lives in the sanctuary. You could see animals such a whitetail deer, bald eagles, mink, beavers, timber wolves, bobcats, and many others.