A couple of weeks ago Diana and I visited the North American Bear Center in Ely, MN. It’s fairly new, having just opened in May, 2007. They have a large outdoor enclosure where the three resident bears live. This is Lucky, the youngster of the group. He was born in January 2007 in Wisconsin. Some people took him from his mother’s den and planned to raise him as a pet. He got too big to handle, so in July 2007, he became a resident at the Bear Center.