The Wildlife Research Institute conducts field operations from the Northwoods Research Center, a field station between Eagles Nest Lake and Woods Lake, 14 miles west of Ely, Minnesota. Ninety miles north of Duluth, the Northwoods Research Center is 5 miles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and 27 miles from Canada. The property is 50 acres of forest, meadow, streams, lakes, and wetland. The forest is a transition forest between northern hardwoods and boreal forest, so it is unusually diverse. Consequently, the wildlife is unusually diverse.
I have been fishing Brook Trout in backwoods of Michigan and Canada for over 45 years...Not once in those 45 years, have I had a bad experience with a Black Bear. Once while picking Blueberries, I looked up to see a rather large Black Bear no more then 50 feet from me...Yet this Bear was so content, that it was not bothered by me...Slowly I backed off, and this bear gave me nothing but the occasional glance...I respect the Black Bear for is beauty and do not fear him.