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The End of Mating Season
Breakfast with the BearsThe second Breakfast with the Bears of the season is coming up later this week. This is one of the few chances that the Sanctuary is open to the public in the morning hours. It creates an entire different atmosphere for your visit and comes with breakfast on our viewing platform.
Pre-registration is required for this event. More details can be found on here. Can't make it up north this week? Consider joining us for our final breakfast August 8th.
Mating Season Coming to a CloseHere in Northern Minnesota, mating season for our bears lasts from about late May to early July. At the Sanctuary, this means we are reaching the end of mating season this year. We're starting to see the bears become more interested in food. Bears do not keep the same partners from year to year, or even within the same year. Both males and females will breed with multiple partners each year. One of the questions we get a lot on deck is how long is gestation for black bears. This question has a more complex answer than you might think. All bears have shown signs of a process called Delayed Implantation. Delayed Implantation allows the bears to mate at one time of the year, but then not implant the fertilized embryo into the uterine wall until a later date. In the case of the black bear, implantation doesn't happen until September. The females then spend most of their summer being "almost pregnant". The cub are born just a short time later in January-February.
BEAR IN MIND (BIM) | Spring 2012BEAR IN MIND (BIM) is published three times a year by The American
Bear Association™ (ABA), a 501(c) (3) nonprofi t organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the black bear through education,
observation and experience. The ABA also owns and operates the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary in Orr, MN.
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FROM THE BEARS DEN
LITTLE FOX FACE BY CARL RACCHINI
LIFE TIME ACHEVEMENT 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
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THREE LEGGED BLACK BEAR RETURNS
The most popular bear at Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary is on his 13th year.
ORR, MN—July 6, 2012—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 and visitors of the sanctuary from around the world. Many people call and email the sanctuary inquiring if Schwinn has returned for the season. He is also known as Tripod and originally received his name from the reference to the Schwinn tricycle.
It is not known how the three-legged bear lost his leg, but there are many theories. The accident probably happened as an adult because the odds of a cub making it with only three legs are very slim. Schwinn started coming to the sanctuary when he was just 2 years old and has shown up every year for the past 13 years, making him 15 years old.
“Visitors always ask about the three legged bear, if he has come back,” says American Bear Association founder and bear behaviorist Klari Lea, “They are always rooting for him and pulling for him to come back the next season.” Adds Lea, “We’re particularly excited when he returns. He is just an amazing animal and I feel a lot of people can relate to him. He is the easiest bear at the sanctuary to identify.”
The three-legged bear, Schwinn, joins approximately 50 bears that visit the sanctuary. Missing his left front leg has never slowed him down and Schwinn can hold his own with the other bears and has learned to survive in the dominant hierarchy of the wild bears at the sanctuary. He may hobble around when he walks, but can quickly run away when feeling threatened.
Currently, the sanctuary does not know how far Schwinn travels or where he goes to hibernate. In this case, the sanctuary would like to put out a request to the public and ask anyone who spots Schwinn to call the sanctuary and report a sighting.
The American Bear Association was established as a nonprofit organization in 1995. Thousands of people visit the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary every year to view and learn about black bears, their behavior, habitat needs and life cycles. It is known by photographers as “the best place in North American to photograph wild black bears in their natural habitat.” The Sanctuary is open to the public each Tuesday through Sunday, from 5PM till 8pm, between Memorial Day and Labor Day and closed on Mondays. September 2rd is their last day of operation. For more information visit the website www.americanbear.org.
2012 EventsRegister for John Pennoyer, Eric Tetens and Tim Halverson Photo Workshops. Each workshop is limited to 8 attendees and they fill up fast!
Breakfast with the Bears is also open for registration. Come and join us for a superb continental breakfast!
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2011 Fall Raffle Winners
1st Leonard Ashline Valparaiso, IN
2nd Andy Cashdollar Germantown Hills, IL
3rd Brad Bonini South Range, MI
Trail Camera Pictures at the SanctuarySchwinn the three legged bear came in the evening of July 4th. This is his 12th year returning to the sanctuary!
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