ELY, Minn. - The North American Bear Center believes another one of its well-known research bears has been killed by a hunter.
Researchers Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield, of the Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center, said they had not received a GPS signal from "June" since Sept. 20.
They contacted a local conservation officer who told them that a man called on Friday wanting to drop off a collar.
According to Rogers and Mansfield, the DNR would not confirm whether "June" had been shot.
Earlier this year, the DNR revoked Rogers' permits to collar the bears. But a temporary compromise was reached that allows researchers to have collars on up to 10 bears.
Earlier this month, another bear named Dot was killed by a hunter.
If June has been killed, the bear center would be left with eight collared bears.
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