Around MN: Bear talk, bad oysters, life without Zups

Elementary students, other ‘Fans of Hope’ distressed over Web-famous bear’s possible death

Last year Dana Coleman’s first-grade students at Andover (Minn.) Elementary School followed the lives of Lily the black bear and her cubs Hope and Faith through online videos and daily updates from Ely’s North American Bear Center (Duluth News Tribune).

Lynn Rogers, senior biologist with the North American Bear Center and its affiliated Wildlife Research Institute, said Monday that Hope was last seen Sept. 14.

Rogers is waiting to hear from the Department of Natural Resources whether a hunter registered killing a bear matching the description of Hope. He said the local game warden told him he’d need to seek clearance from other DNR officials to release the information. (AP)

When a bear has Internet-fame it certainly follows that there would be a lively Facebook page when the bear goes missing.

Note, some of the comments on the page are going to offend some people. You also need to be logged into your Facebook account to open the page.

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