Minnesota hunters killing fewer bears this year

Despite the death of Hope the research bear, new numbers from the Department of Natural Resources show only about 1,800 bears have been registered.
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Despite the death of Hope the research bear, new numbers from the Department of Natural Resources show only about 1,800 bears have been registered.

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