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DNR: Solo the bear has died

Solo the one-eared-bear, which was disturbed from hibernation near Ely in December and moved to Michigan because she was considered a threat to people, has died.

Solo the one-eared-bear, which was disturbed from hibernation near Ely in December and moved to Michigan because she was considered a threat to people, has died.

The bear did not wake up from hibernation and was discovered dead at the Oswald's Bear Ranch near Newberry in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Scott Pengilly, spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, said it's unclear why the bear died; wildlife officials believed the animal was in good health when it was moved and allowed to go back to sleep in December at its new home.

Two cubs moved with Solo are in good health and as yearlings are able to survive on their own at the wildlife sanctuary, Pengilly told the News Tribune. It's not clear if there will be any addi-tional investigation into why Solo perished, he said.

Solo was hibernating under a seasonal cabin in Eagles Nest Township and had been marked for death by the DNR because it had reportedly threatened some people in the area. The DNR said the bruin had lost its fear of humans, threatened one man and could become dangerous.

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The word of Solo's pending demise struck a chord with bear-lovers. One Hermantown woman offered $1,000 to the cabin's owner to let the bear family sleep out the winter. There was even talk of bear-lovers buying the cabin so the bear could stay.

The bear had become somewhat famous as a subject of ongoing research by controversial Ely bear researcher Lynn Rogers. The bear's name came from the fact it had only one ear after losing the other one in a battle with another bear.

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