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Dave Garshelis, bear project leader for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at Grand Rapids, uses a flashlight to check out a 39-year-old bear that has been part of a DNR research study since 1981. Photo by Bob King, Forum News Service

At 39, a Minnesota black bear has lived longer in wild than any other bear known to researchers

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NEAR MARCELL -- Karen Noyce set the frequency on her radio-telemetry receiver and pointed its antenna into the old pines of Chippewa National Forest near Marcell Monday morning. The temperature was 2 below zero. The woods were blanketed in new snow.

From the telemetry receiver, Noyce heard high-pitched intermittent chirps.

"That's her," said Noyce, a wildlife research biologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Grand Rapids.

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