Have Breakfast with the Bears!

This popular activity at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary is returning for 2010.

ORR, MN—April 13, 2010— The American Bear Association is announcing the return of one of their more popular activities of being able to have breakfast with wild black bears.

This event became quite popular in past years but was then discontinued to the dismay of many people who were asking for the return of the program. Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary took note of this and adjusted their schedule accordingly to once again allow a bi-monthly brunch with bears for the summer of 2010. Visitors of all ages will be able to share an early morning bite with the wild bears from the comfort and safety of the viewing platform.

“This is a limited opportunity to experience a peaceful morning breakfast with the bears,” says American Bear Association President Dennis Udovich, “We are bringing the program back on a trial run for this summer only to see what kind of interest it receives.” Adds Udovich, “We’ve developed this program to give visitors a chance to see different bears that only frequent the sanctuary in the early morning hours.”

Visitors can share a quiet morning period watching the early morning dew sparkle on the backs of the morning bears visiting the sanctuary. This is a favorable occasion to gain photos using early morning light and see different bear behavior and activity.

“The cooler early morning temperatures bring a different set of mannerisms in regards to the bears we have at the sanctuary,” says American Bear Association vice president and bear behaviorist Klari Lea, “many times they will be more active, and you will see them being more playful.” Adds Lea, “In the spring, the morning hours usually are a time period of heavy mating so there is a better opportunity for visitors to catch a glimpse of bears breeding in the wild. We really wanted to open this slot up to visitors to share in this experience.”

Currently, the sanctuary is now accepting reservations for the ‘Breakfast with the Bears’ online on their events page at www.americanbear.org where you can find more information about this program and other events for the 2010 season.

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 dusk, between Memorial Day and Labor Day and closed on Mondays. May 29th is their first day of operation for the 2010 season. For more information visit the website www.americanbear.org.