Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary

Black Bear

Black Bear

A “must see” attraction that is located west of Orr, would be the Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary.

Black Bear at Vince Shute

Black Bear at Vince Shute

There you can see wild Bears come into the feeding stations that are maintained by the volunteers at the American Bear Association.

Black Bear yearling

Black Bear yearling

Black Bear yearling

Black Bear yearling

The yearling bears are wary of the bigger bears. They’ve recently been through the traumatic separation from their mother. When the mother bear has new cubs in the spring, she runs off her young from the previous year. The volunteers described how heart-wrenching it is to see it happen. The mother is really mean to her yearling by chasing it and making it climb trees and not let it come down.

yearling

yearling

These are wild bears and people are encouraged to scare the bears if they see any on the drive into the sanctuary. Once you are in the boundaries of the sanctuary, you are advised to do the opposite. They try to habituate the bears to that area, once outside the boundaries they should be treated like all other bears.

Cheeky

Cheeky

“Cheeky” is one of the biggest bears that frequent the sanctuary. A volunteer estimated his weight at 600 pounds.

Bear playing in the cedar chips

Bear playing in the cedar chips

There was a big pile of cedar chips in the yard. The volunteer at the sanctuary said that the bears like to roll around in the cedar chips. She speculated that the bear may be trying to rub off ticks or maybe he just liked the smell!

 

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