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Research bear missing in northern Minnesota, presumed dead

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One of researcher Lynn Rogers' radio-collared bears went missing Friday and is presumed dead, Northland's News Center reports.

Officials with the Wildlife Research Institute staff made the determination about the missing bear -- named "June" -- after her collar was found at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources office in Tower after a man reportedly turned it in the night before.

While the institute didn't receive verification that the bear was shot, they are calling the situation suspicious.

Word of the missing bear comes about two weeks after a hunter shot and killed one of Rogers' radio-collared research bear near Ely.

Named "Dot," the 13-year-old bear was collared 12 years -- longer than any other bear in Rogers' studies.

Only eight bears remained collared for Rogers' research, following a settlement last summer that allowed him to continue his studies.

Meanwhile, a woman in Zimmerman found a bear that appeared to hit and injured by a car, KARE 11 reports. The bear was taken to the Wild and Free Center at the Garrison Animal Hospital for treatment.

The doctor said the animal, which was 25 pounds, should weigh at least 60 pounds.

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