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Minnesota sanctuary offers 'Breakfast with Bears'


A northern Minnesota wildlife sanctuary known for its up-close views of black bears in their natural habitat is offering a chance to have breakfast with them.

Well, not quite. The humans are restricted to a viewing deck with Continental breakfast while the bears enjoy their somewhat more substantial morning meal.

That's one of many summer opportunities to see and photograph bears at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, which opened for the season last week. Among the highlights: three weekend wildlife photography workshops with pro photographers.

The refuge has an unusual back story of its own. In the 1970s, logger Vince Shute began leaving food in an open meadow to lure the bears away from raiding food supplies at work sites. The normally reclusive bears have gotten used to the arrangement. Today, regulated feeding continues from May to October to preserve opportunities for observation and learning.

For details on these programs, contact the Sanctuary at 218/757-0172, email, or visit

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