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Bear No. 56 peers from its den in the Chippewa National Forest near Marcell. The bear died of old age in Itasca County at the age of 39 1/2, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. (Bob King/Forum News Service)

Oldest known bear in the world dies in Minnesota

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The world’s oldest-known wild bear has died of old age in Itasca County at the age of 39½, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Known to DNR researchers as bear No. 56, the female American black bear was first captured and radio-collared in July 1981 by DNR scientists during the first summer of a long-term research project on bear population ecology.

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