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Lily and Hope chose this site for their winter den in this October 2010 file photo. (Sue Mansfield /Duluth News Tribune)

Hope the bear missing; researcher believes she was shot and killed by hunter

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ELY, Minn. - Hope the bear is missing, and biologist Lynn Rogers fears the worst.

Hope is the Ely-area bear born in front of an enormous Internet audience to Lily two winters ago. Rogers, biologist for the North American Bear Center near Ely, said this morning that Hope has been missing since Wednesday night, and circumstances lead him to believe the year-and-a-half-old female was shot and killed by a hunter.


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