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American Bear Association Bear Collaring Study

Orr, MN-June 10, 2016- The American Bear Association (ABA) is excited to announce that they have collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) and the Minnesota Bear Guides Association in the collaring of two adult female black bears, one of which has a cub. The Minnesota Bear Guides Association has aided the… Read more


Bear In Mind – Vol 19 Issue 1

In this issue:

  • Udovich Steps Down as ABA Head by Tom Klein
  • Moose Calves Holding Their Own by Brian Larson
  • Bear Rescue at Silver Lake by Lyle Conaway
  • Passenger Pigeon by Carl Racchini
  • The Bears by Cindy Ball\In Memory of David Buist by Klari Lea
  • Becoming a Wildlife Professional by Melissa Boehmer

Bear In Mind – Vol 18 Issue 2

In this issue:

  • Presidents Report by Dennis Udovich
  • I Cried Wolf by Nancy Glass
  • Oldest Wild Black Bear Dies
  • Vince Shute 100 Years by Karen Hauserman
  • Schwinn is Back by Rhonda Schrader
  • Berry Crop of 2013

Bear In Mind – Vol 17 Issue 3

In this issue:

  • From The Bears Den by Dennis Udovich
  • Bear Sanctuary by Tom Klein
  • SayLin Ong…Working for a Better Future By Klari Lea
  • One more from the Timberjay by Marshall Helmberger
  • Bucklew By Ken Bucklew
  • Summary of Scat Stud By Keith Doerfler

Bear in Mind | Spring 2012

In this issue:

  • From the Bear’s Den
  • Little Fox Face by Carl Racchini
  • Life Time Achievement Award – Karen Hauserman
  • Watch and Learn, Patch – The Miracle Bear, Part 2 by Klari Lea
  • The Merry Month of May at VSWS by Karen Hauserman
  • A Sanctuary Romance by Liesel Schmidt
  • Become a Member

American Bear Association Receives Brett Favre Signature Helmet for Banquet

Many exciting raffle and auction items have been obtained for the banquet to benefit the bears on Sept 25th in Orr, MN.

ORR, MN—September 14, 2010—The American Bear Association is pleased to announce the inclusion of the Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favres signature for their banquet on Sept 25th in Orr, MN at the American… Read more


Second Annual Banquet Announced

On Sept 25th the Orr American Legion will be hosting a banquet to benefit the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary.

ORR, MN—August 15, 2010—The American Bear Association is announcing the second annual American Bear Association Banquet held in Orr, MN at the Orr American Legion.

This is the second fundraising banquet event for the American Bear… Read more


The Three-Legged Bear Returns!

The most popular bear at Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary is on his 11th year.

ORR, MN—July 6, 2010—The American Bear Association is announcing the return of the famous three legged wild Black Bear named Schwinn to the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary located in Orr, MN.

This bear has become quite popular with all the locals… Read more


Trail Camera Pictures at the Sanctuary

Schwinn the three legged bear came in the evening of July 4th. This is his 12th year returning to the sanctuary!

We took over 800 pictures on three trail cameras this winter; One eyed fisher, Timber Wolf, Red Fox, Raccoon & Deer We have the cameras out to see when the… Read more


Camping with the Bears

Find out what goes bump in the night by spending a night with black bears.

ORR, MN—June 2, 2010—The American Bear Association is announcing a new Camping With the Bears event for the 2010 season at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary located in Orr, MN on the night of June 28th.

Visitors will have an… Read more