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Rogers (above) asks that people respect his desire to keep the hunter's name confidential. (2010 file / News Tribune)

Ely researcher confirms Hope the bear's death

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The fears of fans of Hope the bear were realized today.

A hunter shot the bear, whose birth was covered on the Web two winters ago, on the evening of Sept. 16, according to a post on the Facebook page for Lily, Hope's mother.

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According to the post, the hunter who killed Hope contacted the North American Bear Center today.

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