The bears that live in the North American Bear Center live in a 2.5 acre forest that has a wide variety of terrain and features, including numerous man-made dens and ponds.
Ted is a 19 year old black bear that was born in Wisconsin. He came to the North American Bear Center in 2007 after he was saved from captivity. Ted is known to make pleasant grunts and feast on red grapes. He can typically be seen resting on the front logs or swimming within the main pond.
Lucky is a 9 year old bear that was born in Wisconsin. Although Lucky was born in the wild, a group of people took him from his mother when he was very young. Lucky bonded with the people who took him, but the people who took him could not properly care for him. Lucky’s caretakers wanted to release him to the wild, but the Department of Natural Resources stepped in and declared it would be unsafe for him. So, Lucky was transported to the North American Bear Center. He is known as the “comedian” of the North American Bear Center, and can often be seen climbing trees or playing along the branches and land.
Holly is the youngest black bear at the North American Bear Center. She was born in early 2013 in the wild of Arkansas. But, three months after Holly was born a fire caused her to be separated from her mother. A man found Holly and nourished her until September of that year. Arkansas wildlife officials stepped in and sent Holly to the Appalachian Bear Rescue with the intent to eventually release her back into the wild. But, at the end of the year, officials determined it would be in Holly’s best interest to remain under supervision and live in the North American Bear Center. Since then, Holly has enjoyed exploring the North American Bear Center. Holly can typically be seen climbing the large white pine tree or playing with Lucky.
Tasha was born in the mountains of southern Kentucky in 2015. She was found by a man who discovered her and her sibling attempting to nurse on their mother, who had passed away. The man successfully caught Tasha, but could not reach her sibling in time before she escaped. The man took good care of Tasha, and allowed her to travel across his 50 acres of land and play with his dog. Unfortunately, wildlife officials discovered the man did not have the proper permits to care for Tasha, so they took Tasha to the North American Bear Center. Tasha is extremely sweet and can typically be seen exploring with Holly or Ted. Things to Do in Minnesota: North American Bear Center in Ely - Photo: gnagel/Fotolia
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