Rural System, Inc.
 Sustained rural lands; sustained profits

The Black Bear Group

The black bear is a complex animal. The black bear population is complex. The bear is a potential resource, far greater than imagined as simply an animal or an animal population. Working with that concept of a complex, potential resource with net benefits within the context of Rural System, Inc. is the work of The Black Bear Group.

There is great interest in it as a game animal, a tourist attraction, a livestock killer, a bee hive and conifer pest, and an interesting component of the natural ecosystem. They, like the grizzly, work with young for several years. In this is an important message for families and youth needing care and instruction for many years in the future society. Much is known, but the list of questions is longer than the answers.

The Black Bear Group is formed to gather knowledge, synthesize it, create powerful models, use the results in all of the enterprises for tourism, recreation protection, reducing costs and damage, and drawing a different clientele to the area for many purposes.

The bear can become an important part of the present backcountry system. It is seen as an unexploited resource that can be preserved, stabilized, and net gains made by its presence.

The Black Bear Group will likely do most of the following...

  1. Conduct hunts (local, nationally, internationally)
  2. Process hides, flesh, bones, and body parts
  3. Conduct tooth aging
  4. Do food habits analyses (see the Unified Laboratory)
  5. Sponsor excellent taxidermy
  6. Conduct wildlife law enforcement research
  7. Prevent bear-related accidents and events
  8. Vast areas may be grossly mapped for black bear suitability, contacts with humans, damage occurrence, location of superior forage, and suitability for denning. The union of the GIS with modeling allows maps to be produced that provide field guidance, help allocate time spent in areas, and show where monitoring and inspections are most important. Sensitivity analyses direct work to most influential areas.
    Develop a GIS system relating to all aspects of the ecology and use of the bear
  9. Create a world-class population model of the bear and its benefit stream
  10. Sponsor alternatives to bear parts in Asian medicine
  11. Conduct prescribed burns for bear habitat production
  12. Develop trails (with The Stoneworms) into bear country
  13. Conduct tours into bear country
  14. Conduct bear den tours
  15. Encourage photography; provide photo blinds
  16. Conduct a black bear photo contest with prize money
  17. Sponsor wood carving contest (bear or bear-related)(see The Sculptors)
  18. Sell quality bear related art work
  19. Provide memberships with newsletter and services
  20. Hold periodic conferences on the black bear
  21. Present a regional and national lecture series
  22. Conduct contract research
  23. Provide a variety of consulting services including reducing bear damage, maurading, and threats
  24. Market a bear-related educational game ( Gamma)
  25. Publish books on a variety of bear subjects (from folk tales to technical)
  26. Conduct horseback rides into ancient forests
  27. Sponsor ecotourism, both locally and internationally (see Tours Group) with participants seeking to see all of the bears of the world, perhaps photograph them
  28. Sponsor a membership class in which a black bear hunter progresses through 10 levels of increasingly rigorous standards and challenges
  29. Sell slide shows and photographs of bear and related systems; offer TV units that include Rural System name recognition
  30. Conduct a summer course for university students on bear systems (showing the Rural System concepts by means of the black bear)
  31. Selling select software useful in the wildlands of the black bear.
  32. Consider affiliation with the American Bear Association PO Box 77, Orr, MN 55771; Phone : 218-757-0172; or e-mail : .

There are now many biologists that have studied bear. Their work is not well integrated. Specialists have developed. We propose a series of in-depth interviews. We propose to recruit a superior biologist/ecologist that is systems oriented and to develop a knowledge-based program and one to do all of the above things, unified. No simple limits can be set but a new, developing enterprise is expected to develop into a full time operation with the products, services, and opportunities of The Black Bear Group.


A relatively small amount of start-up equipment and transportation are required. Startup: $80,000. Office and computer support, with marketing, are anticipated from System Central.

from bear conference announcement, 2003
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Maybe we can work together
... for the good of us all
... for a long time.

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