More Research, More Space, More Outreach
The International Bear Center would increase the space available for bears, the number of bears that could be housed, and the amount of research that could be conducted. The International Bear Center would continue to house bears that need to be removed from the wild due to human conflicts, but would also serve local and regional resource agencies by providing a temporary home for injured, orphaned, or sick bears.
The International Bear Center at WSU will be the premier global center for promoting the understanding of bear biology and ecology. We will achieve this mission through world-class education, knowledge creation and dissemination, and partnerships.
Vision for the Future
The Bear Center will dramatically expand our knowledge of bears and explore all opportunities to apply that knowledge to: 1) the conservation and management of both captive and wild bears and the ecosystems where they live; and 2) the betterment of mankind, through increased recognition and appreciation for the role that bears play in natural ecosystems and the potential advancement of human health. These goals depend upon understanding how bears have adapted and evolved in a changing world.