Diane Ross
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Black Bear Photographs at Vince Shute's Wildlife Sanctuary

In the 1940's a man named Vince Shute built a logging camp near Orr, Mn.  Black Bears frequented the area and were in the habit of breaking into the buildings in search of food.  Initially the bears were shot in order to protect the cabins.  Unfortunately this did not deter the other bears.  More bears came and broke into the cabins and more bears were shot.  After a few years of this Vince decided there had to be a better way.  He decided to leave food outside of the cabins for the bears.  It worked.  The bears no longer broke into the cabins.  Vince continued to put out food for the bears for many years.  When he got older Vince and some of his friends set up the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary.

Today the sanctuary has a deck where visitors can watch the bears eating every evening from Memorial Day to Labor Day (except for Mondays when the Sanctuary is closed).  There is no charge for the use of the deck but donations are appreciated.

The sanctuary also offers a photo workshop where you can get take photographs from the ground and have access to the sanctuary during normally closed hours.  If you don't want to take the workshop photographers (both moving and still) can pay a fee for the same access as the workshop gets.

The photos of these black bear were taken during one of the workshops.

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Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary