WSU Bear Center

Bear Research, Education, and Conservation Center

The WSU Bear Research, Education and Conservation Center is the only grizzly bear research center of its kind in the United States. Prior to establishment, both federal and state biologists responsible for understanding and managing wild grizzly bears occasionally wanted to use captive bears in their studies. Few zoos have the resources or sufficient numbers of bears to obtain meaningful data. The WSU Bear Center meets that need.

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Why a Bear Center?
Bear populations world-wide are endangered or threatened. Conservation research is a key goal of the WSU Bear Center.

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A New Home For The Bears
A new International Bear Center has been proposed to replace the current Bear Center on the WSU Campus.

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Research
WSU scientists and students work with both free-ranging and captive bears.

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