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Just 1 radio-collared research bear shot so far this season

The DNR says just one bear has been shot and killed since the bear season opened this month. They say there's usually four killed in a normal year.
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The DNR says just one bear has been shot and killed since the bear season opened this month. They say there's usually four killed in a normal year.

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