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Researcher: Hope, famed Internet bear, is dead

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A black bear who became a worldwide star when her birth was broadcast over the Internet is presumed dead after a hunter came forward to report that he had shot the animal without knowing it was her, a researcher said Tuesday.

Researchers last saw the yearling bear named Hope on Sept. 14. Lynn Rogers, senior researcher at the North American Bear Center and its affiliated Wildlife Research Institute in Ely, said he was contacted Tuesday by a hunter who said he killed the bear when it came to his bait station alone on the evening Sept 16.

The hunter told Rogers he would not have deliberately shot Hope and didn't know she was the same bear. However, Rogers said the hunter also did not express remorse.


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World watching as Lily the Bear gives Birth to Two cubs

Lily the black bear became an instant internet phenomenon last January when the birth of her first cub, Hope, was broadcast live over the internet.

Now, one year less-a-day later, Lily gave birth to two more cubs as the world, and one year old Hope, looked on. The event was streamed over the internet by the North American Bear Center from Lily’s den near Ely, Minnesota. Thousands were glued to computer screens to watch the happy moments and post to Lily the Bear’s facebook page.

Lily went into labor at about 5:08PM CST January 20, as evidenced by signs that she had begun to clench her teeth. Her first cub was born today at 1:51 PM CST. The second followed at 3:03 PM CST. Since then viewers have been listening for the sounds of the newborns feeding and hoping to catch a look at the cubs.

Researchers at the NABC now have a unique opportunity to study how female bears manage yearlings and newborn cubs at the same time.

Members of the HWF have been documenting the events of the last 2 days on our forum.

Check out their hard work here:  Discussion of Lily the Bear and her new Cubs


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Lost bear cub now in care



A young bear separated from its mother and lost in north Nanaimo last week was captured over the weekend.

Police were called Thursday when the bear was seen foraging for apples and other morsels in backyards on Dover Road.

Several Mounties coaxed the bear with apples and tried to catch it blankets to transport it back into the woods after attempts to get a conservation officer to attend failed.

Link to news article and photo


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The Man Behind the Bears


Northland News Centre, Duluth, Minnesota

July 9, 2010 


While the facebook page of Lily the bear continues to grow with fans, it seems there may need to be a second page added for the man conducting the research.

And it only took a camera in a bear den.

"Shortly after we put the Lily den cam in it became the number one search topic on Google in the world. And now hundreds of Lily fans are coming to Ely for a 'Lily Pad Picnic' so they can all meet each other," said Dr. Rogers.

And it seems lately, the bears aren't the only ones with a growing fan base.

Dr. Lynn Rogers of the Wildlife Research Institute has been a key player in growing the bear center's popularity.


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Link to the public Facebook page for Lily (and Hope) the Bear:


(note: you don't have to be on Facebook to read the page)

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Ely bear cub spotted alive, apparently well


It was feared that Hope, abandoned twice by its mother, may not survive without nursing and during the recent cool, wet weather. But Hope has now found the food left for it by researchers Sue Mansfield and Lynn Rogers near trees where the cub spent time with its mother earlier this spring.

By: John Myers, Duluth News Tribune

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Polar Bears Adapted Quickly in the Past

Wired Science has an article pointing to some recent findings about both genetic evidence that polar bears have been around longer than we had thought, and that they have adapted quickly in the past to changes in climatic conditions.


DNA Analysis Shows Polar Bears Have Adapted Quickly in the Past

Genetic analysis of an ancient polar bear fossil has formally dated the species’ birth to 150,000 years ago, shortly before an Ice Age thaw produced a climate comparable to what’s expected in a globally warmed future.

“They’ve certainly experienced climate changes before,” said Charlotte Lindqvist, a biologist at the State University of New York at Buffalo and co-author of the analysis, published March 1 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “The big question is whether they’re going to be able to survive in the future.”



They're still talking about tens of thousands of years, not decades - but there is hope


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