UP Bear Ranch Expanding With Help From DNR

An Upper Peninsula Bear Ranch is expanding through a State Forest Land Exchange.

The Department of Natural Resources signed a deal last week to exchange land plots of about 160-acres with Oswald's Bear Ranch near Newberry in McMillan Township. Owner Dean Oswald says the transaction has been in the works for a couple of years.

The DNR provided adjacent land to the private ranch, and the department will receive a parcel a few miles east off M-123.

The DNR says the land it's acquiring will connect property it owns to the North and South, and it features a high degree of species diversity.

The ranch claims to be the largest of its kind in the United States, with 29 roaming Black Bears.