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This northern Minnesota black bear, called simply No. 56 because that’s the number on her radio collar, now is more than 39 years old, the oldest known wild black bear. Research officials are hoping she can die of natural causes, but fear she could be hit by a car or be shot as a nuisance bear.

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World’s oldest wild bear still roaming Minn.

Researchers are asking local hunters to allow the 39½-year-old bear to die of natural causes.

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