ELY, Minn. (WCCO) – Researchers in Ely said Tuesday they have figured out what caused Lily’s black bear cub to die.

Bear Researcher Dr. Lynn Rogers said he believes a coyote pulled the cub from a tree by its leg and bit it on the head.

“About the time he would be screaming in pain from that, Lily would come running back just in time to save him from the bite to the head, which was just minimal, but enough to puncture that thin little skull,” Rogers said. “So he died from a brain infection from that, four days later.”

The birth of Lily’s cub, known as Jason, was captured by a live webcam over the winter.

Rogers said Lily, her daughter Hope and the remaining twin cub Faith are now browsing the spring greens in the woods.

Comments (10)
  1. Rick says:

    “shame”??? nah… just some loose reporting.
    I’d say it’s more about fact checking than actual shame.

    Shame should be reserved for heavier offenses.

  2. tom says:

    so the bear cub died, it is just nature doing what nature does. get over it.

    1. Izzy Jay says:

      You get over your self .There are people in the world who do care about wildlife and there is a lot to learn from nature.Maybe people could learn something.

      1. Lady says:

        Learn what? One predator will go after a weaker predator? Caring about wildlife means you accept the whole thing, not just the parts you think are nice.

  3. Lisa says:

    Rest In Peace, Jason…..

  4. Debbie says:

    You sound like a very heartless person.

    1. Debbie says:

      My comment was directed to Tom.

  5. Linda says:

    If we don’t have enough money to run the state, why do some represantatives think we have enough money for a football stadium?. Maybe football players should give up a percentage of their salaries and the owners a percentage of their profits to build the stadium. Otherwise shut up, education and benefits for those who need them should come first.

    1. Good Ol Boy says:

      Throwing money at education doesn’t guarantee an increase in educational services or quality of service. Minor detail there.

  6. Harvey says:

    Linda must be a liberal talking about the benefits for people. It says in the Bible if you don’t work, you don’t eat!!!

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