The largest bear-only bear ranch in the United States is located right here in the Upper Peninsula.
Oswald’s Bear Ranch in Newberry is a worldwide attraction.
With more than 29 live roaming black bears, there are many opportunities for watching them in their natural habitat.
One attraction in particular that is very popular among visitors is inside the bear cubs’ cage.
Dean Oswald, the owner, says visitors have a chance to take photos with the cubs inside the cage with their own camera, which costs $5.
The bear cubs are rescued from all over the U.S.
Platforms at the ranch allow visitors to have an up close and personal view of the bears.
Dean Oswald says that for several years, the ranch was home to Tyson, the largest black bear in the U.S. and possibly the world.
Many visitors enjoy feeding the bears apples.
Sometime, the bears are fed Fruit Loops or circus peanuts as a treat.
Oswald’s is open from 9:30 to 5, every day from Memorial Day until September 30th.
The ranch is four miles north of downtown Newberry on M-123.
Posted by: Mike Hoey