Researcher confirms Hope, famed Internet bear, is dead
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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