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Lily and Hope chose this site for their winter den in this October 2010 file photo. (Sue Mansfield / for the News Tribune)

Hope, the Internet-famous Ely bear, is missing and feared dead

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The bear whose birth in a den near Ely was an Internet sensation two winters ago is missing and feared dead.

Hope the bear hasn't been seen since Wednesday night, said Lynn Rogers, biologist for the North American Bear Center of Ely. Circumstances lead him to believe the 2-year-old female was shot and killed by a hunter. The bear had traveled all summer with its mother, Lily, and Faith, a cub born to Lily last winter.


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