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Lily sniffs for signs of her cub, Hope, when the two were separated a week ago. With Lily abandoning her cub again this week, researchers have decided not to intervene to bring the cub to its mother, as they did last week. (Submitted photo)

LOST HOPE: Bear researchers give up hope of reuniting Ely cub with mom Lily

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Hope, the Internet-famous black bear cub, was still missing in the woods near Ely, Minn., on Wednesday, and researchers say they have given up hope of reuniting the cub and its mother.

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Because Lily, the mother bear, has abandoned Hope twice and shows no signs of trying to find her cub, researchers Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield say they will keep trying to find the cub and even help it survive by providing it food, but they won't again bring it to its mother.

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