A two-year old black bear cub named Hope, living in Minnesota, became an Internet sensation and even has supporters on Facebook–but recently it disappeared and the assumption is that a hunter shot it. The cub’s mother was the first to give birth online via streaming video. Who shoots such a young bear?
The mother, Lily the Black Bear, has over 130,000 likes on Facebook. The administrators wrote this in an update about Hope, “Her death is a tragedy. There is so much more we all could have learned. Her death is a blow to science, education, the region, and us, including all of you. But it is not the end. It is a hurdle. We’ll all continue to do the best we can with what is left.” (Source: Facebook.com)
Another group has a page with information about protecting Minnesota’s bears. This group has over 1,400 likes. Some disturbed people have made a page advocating for the hunting of Lily also. Just seventy likes have been recorded for this group. If you are on FaceBook you can report this page for graphic violence, and it might be removed. The Report Page function is on the left side, in about the middle of the page vertically. Is the Hope hunter secretly lurking there?
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has asked hunters to not shoot bears wearing radio collars, because they are research bears contributing to knowledge of conservation. The radio collars allow scientists to track their movements and analyze their behavior. Hope was collared several times, but managed to get the collar off each time.
In this recent video you can see Lily the mother, with her other cub, Faith.
To see an example of a two-year old bear cub, watch the video below. This is not Hope the bear, but one similar in age and behavior.
Image Credit: Panda Monia