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Bear No. 56 peers from its den in the Chippewa National Forest near Marcell, Minn. The bear died of old age in Itasca County at the age of 39 1/2, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Bob King/Duluth News Tribune

World's oldest known wild bear dies at nearly 40 in Itasca County


The world’s oldest-known wild bear has died of old age in northern Minnesota at the age of 39½, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


The bear was known to DNR researchers as Bear No. 56.

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