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New cub spurs widespread interest in Ely bear center

DULUTH, Minn. The North American Bear Center’s Web site had 467,000 page views during 2009 not bad for a two year old operation based in end of the road Ely.

But thanks to Lily the hibernating bear, her newborn cub and live video of a wild black bear birth, the Bear Center has seen more interest in 2010. A lot more.

“We had more than 3 million visitors over three weeks in January alone,” said Lynn Rogers, longtime Ely bear researcher and the driving force behind the Bear Center. Dozens of volunteer Den Cam watchers from around the world have signed up to watch the video for one or two hours each week and record what they see, so researchers can eat and sleep and do other things.

“We have between 50 and 60 people signed up for one or two hours keeping track, and we’ll organize all of it in a database. They’re as far a pandora jewelry way as Germany, Australia, England, and from just about every state,” said Janet Dalton, a grade school principal in Morristown, Tenn., who is coordinating the Den Cam monitoring effort. “And our (school’s) kids are getting involved in class. One of our second grade classes is writing their director’s book about Lily.”

Since the cub was born on Jan. 22, Lily has mostly kept her back to the camera while the cub has been nursing. Rogers said the cub and bear seem to be communicating more now and the pandora jewelry cub’s noises seem unmistakable, even to the untrained ear.

Viewers have reported seeing part of the cub now and then, but there have been no major appearances. Researchers say that should change in a few weeks probably about March 1 or so.

“We think once its eyes open, which is at about 6 weeks, we’ll see a lot more activity. He or she will start to move around more and we might see it on top of Lily and moving around,” said Sue Mansfield, another researcher.

Rogers and Mansfield are watching their subjects from their research cabin four miles from Lily’s den, getting the same video feed that millions of bear watchers around the world see. The researchers already have been surprised at what they’ve seen while watching an undisturbed bear give birth.

“The 21 hours of labor was totally unexpected. How could something so small, 9 inches long and 12 ounces, take that kind of labor?” Mansfield said. “You could see the muscles on top of her head tensing up. We think she (Lily) was probabl pandora jewelry y clenching her teeth at that point. And there were some other, very viole pandora jewelry nt movements as well. It was a struggle for her.”

Rogers said it’s become much clearer that all Minnesota black bears don’t simply go to sleep in October and wake up in April. Lily and other bears he’s watching in person sometimes leave the den to defecate. And Lily made a trip out just before giving birth to retrieve fresh bedding of balsam fir boughs.

“The level of care she’s giving is almost constant,” Rogers said. “A lot of people thought, and the literature assumed, that bears went to sleep for six months and would wake up surprised to see they had cubs. That clearly isn’t the case.”

Rogers is hoping that the popularity of Lily’s Den Cam will help the Bear Center crawl out of debt. The $1.7 million center opened in Ely in May 2007 with 12,000 square feet of exhibits and hours of video from Rogers’ research of bears. The nonprofit center’s board borrowed to pay most of the center’s cost, and $700,000 of the mortgage is still outstanding.

The Den Cam has helped trim that a bit. Donations in the latest round of fundraising rocketed from less than $5,000 early in January to more than $47,000 at month’s end, though donations have trailed off in recent days. “We are still a long way off,” Rogers noted.

Lily is one of a dozen wild bear Rogers follows. He places collars on research bears without use of tranquilizing darts he gains the animals’ trust and the bears simply allow him to put the collar on. It’s part of Rogers’ larger effort to prove that black bears are a mostly docile animal that pose little or no threat to people.

Rogers also operates the nonprofit Bear Research Institute through which he and Mansfield conduct their “walking with bears” research, following bears through the woods and recording their behavior. They also escort tourists on three day, $1,500 bear walking sessions each summer.

Rogers’ efforts have been criticized by traditional wildlife researchers and managers and some neighbors who say the bears Rogers studies become habituated to people, losing their fear, and could become a danger to the public. Others say Rogers is using the bears for personal fame and fortune and that his efforts are more promotional than scientific.

Rogers, 70, who has studied bears for 43 years, isn’t deterred. He says he’s doing some of the most important research he’s ever done. Anything that helps people understand more about bears is a success, he said.

“For years I was counting and weighing and tracking tranquilized bears and wasn’t doing anything to help bears,” Rogers said. “Between the Lily Den Cam and the three or four documentaries that are out or in the works, we’re reaching millions of people. We’re letting the world see what we have (in and around Ely), and we’re changing attitudes about bears.”

The North American Bear Center is working on a deal under which Cub Foods grocery stores will sponsor a “Name Lily’s Cub” contest starting Feb. 21. The contest would be promoted in Cub’s 73 stores across four states, and customers can submit entries for names for Lily’s cub. The winner will get a $500 Cub gift certificate.

In addition, Twin Cities based Cub Foods is promising to promote the North American Bear Center and its mission on grocery bags at the stores for two weeks. The stores go through about 3 million bags a week.

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New crop arrivals may crush soyabean

Soyabean traded lower on weak global cues and slack demand. Amid arrivals of 70,000 75,000 bags, soyabean prices in mandis across Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday ruled at Rs 3,350 3,400 a quintal.

Besides weak global cues, scattered and selective arrivals of new crop also added to the bearish sen pandora jewelry timent.

Indore mandis today witnessed arrival of 80 bags of new soyabean and its average price was quoted at Rs 3,000 , while 500 bags of new crop were offloaded in nearby Mhow mandi and it fetched Rs 2,600 3,200 .

As mandis in Madhya Pradesh remained closed on Monday on account of Ganesh Chaturthi, arrival in the State was comparitively low with about 75,000 bags against 1.50 lakh bags last week. With the monsoon almost making an exit from Madhya Pradesh, arrival will gain pace in the coming days and it will further add to the bearish sentiment in soyabean, said a trader Mukesh Purohit.

In futures also, soyabean traded lower on weak buying support and global cues with its October and November contracts on the NCDEX closing at Rs 3,370 (down Rs 105) and Rs 3,377.50 (down Rs 98) respectively.

Plant deliveries in soyabean also ruled flat at Rs 3,500 50 .

In the domestic market soyameal was at Rs 30,100 30,200 (down Rs 1,000 from last week), while on Kandla port it ruled at Rs 32,000 (down Rs 1,000 from last week).

Soya oil also traded lower at Rs 640 45 (down Rs 20 from last week), while soya solvent declined to Rs 604 608 (down Rs 14 from last week).

In futures al pandora jewelry g> pandora jewelry so soya oil traded lower on weak b pandora jewelry uying support and global cues with its September and October contracts on the NCDEX closing at Rs 678.25 (down Rs 16) and Rs 657.15 (down Rs 18.50) respectively.

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New cray limits just ridiculous

I HAVE been cray fishing for about 38 years and never have I seen an injustice like the one just passed to alter the cray fishing rules and regulations, just three weeks before the supposed start to the season.

I HAVE been cray fishing for about 38 years and never have I seen an injustice like the one just passed to alter the cray fishing rules and regulations, just three weeks before the supposed start to the season.

This is pathetic, it should have been left until the upcoming rules review.

There have been blackwater events, many caused by man made floods to give the red gums in national parks a drink.

These were man made, unseasonal events and somebody needs to be held responsible for this incredible damage.

Furthermore, there has been no scientific study into thermal pollution, chemical residue run off and their ef pandora jewelry fects on the cray population.

It is stated in the media release that recreational anglers are not seen as cause for population decline, all this on the back of one of the best years in memory.

There is also the drought and its continued effects to be taken into account.

Should we maybe do some proper scientific study for five years minimum under normal conditions and then make some informed decisions with scientific evidence to guide us.

The alteration to the season length is bearable, however, the bag and size limits changes are ridiculous.

Putting all this fishing pressure into two concentrated areas i pandora jewelry s ab pandora jewelry solute madness.

What are we to do in five to 10 years when “legally” we have fished out these two areas from the Hume Weir to Tocumwal, and Gundagai Bridge to Berembed Weir.

Fishing clubs and individuals have recently been asked for our views, input and catch results to help in the process of these decisions. That would appear to be a waste of our time yet again.

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