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In this May 26, 2010 file photo, a researcher from the North American Bear Center uses food to lure a bear cub named Hope out of a cedar tree near Ely, Minn. Researchers are worried about what may have happened to a black bear made famous when her birth in northeastern Minnesota was broadcast online. Hope, who had a radio collar, disappeared recently near Ely and researchers fear she may have been killed by a hunter. Forum Communications file photo

Researcher confirms Hope, famed Internet bear, is dead

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DULUTH - The fears of Hope the bear fans were confirmed Tuesday.

The bear whose birth and life near Ely were covered on the Web and followed by thousands worldwide was shot by a hunter on Sept. 16, according to a post on the Facebook page for Lily, Hope's mother.

According to the post, the hunter who killed a bear believed to be Hope contacted Wildlife Research Institute biologists Tuesday.

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