Officials say world's oldest known wild black bear dies of old age at 39½ in northern Minn.

  • Article by: STEVE KARNOWSKI , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 27, 2013 - 5:45 PM

MINNEAPOLIS — The world's oldest known wild black bear, a shy but prolific female simply named Bear No. 56, has died of old age at 39½, Minnesota wildlife researchers said Tuesday.

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eatmyvjaiAug. 27, 1311:37 AM

Good bye big critter...we will miss you.

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i35splitAug. 27, 1311:51 AM

The DNR can radio collar bears but Lynn Rogers cannot.

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ralph6767Aug. 27, 1312:06 PM

"Researchers suspect Bear No. 56's longevity probably is best attributed to a combination of living in a remote area with few humans or major roads, wariness of people and luck." (AND by being smarter than the average bear)

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lloyd55423Aug. 27, 1312:14 PM

Thoughts and prayers to the surviving family and friends.

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