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Braveheart is one of the radio- collared bears associated with the North American Bear Center in Ely. One of her cubs, who wore a radio collar with fluorescent pink ribbons tied to it, was killed by a hunter last year. Another of Braveheart's radio-collared cubs was killed by a hunter in 2006. (2008 file)

DNR: Radio-collared bears not off-limits to hunters

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Radio-collared bears will continue to be fair game for hunters under a decision announced Monday by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr.

Ely bear researcher Lynn Rogers had sought a ruling from the DNR that would make it illegal for hunters to shoot radio-collared research bears

emblazoned with Day-Glo ribbons.

Rogers said he was "very disappointed, considering the very strong public opinion in favor of protection."

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