Lily the Bear

     Lily the Bear may become more popular than the Hamm’s Bear at least with the computer savvy generation.  Lily is a bear in Northeastern Minnesota who recently gave birth to a cub.  Not an exceptional feat in itself but the fact there’s a live webcam in her den millions of people will be able to experience it.

     The North American Bear Center is responsible for the webcam and for helping bears like Lily be better understood.  You can check Lily and her newborn cub out on this website.   If you want to see more bear cubs then check out this shortpresentation as researchers visit a den in Maine.

The mission of the non-profit North American Bear Center is to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears, their role in ecosystems, and their relations with humans.

There is a huge need for accurate information about bears worldwide. 

Bears have been unfairly demonized for centuries.  Exaggerated perceptions of danger historically led to eradication campaigns using bounties, poison, trapping, and shooting.  All eight bear species around the world are now listed as vulnerable, threatened or endangered in all or portions of their ranges.  Remote habitats that once insured isolation and protection are now being occupied by people, and the attitudes of these people will determine the future of those populations. 

The Bear Center is dedicated to replacing misconceptions with facts worldwide.  It is also working to conserve bear habitat, stop poaching for bear body parts, rehabilitate injured and orphaned bears back to the wild, and implement methods to reduce conflict between humans and bears.