ELY, Minn. (AP) — The sister of a black bear who gave birth while the world watched via a webcam is preparing to give birth herself.

And officials also plan to broadcast that on the Internet.

Dr. Lynn Rogers, senior biologist of the Wildlife Research Institute, said Saturday Jewel is showing signs of preparing to give birth and the big day could be any day.

Three-year-old Jewel is the younger sister of Lily, who gave birth in January 2010 to Hope. The birth and early days were followed by millions of viewers over the Internet. A hunter killed Hope last year and biologists say it was a blow to their research.

This is the third year the institute and the North America Bear Center are broadcasting from dens in northeastern Minnesota.

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Comments (5)
  1. Frankie says:

    Does the researcher have to bait the bears to find them?

  2. Lisa says:

    The bears in the research family have radio collars and the researchers are able to follow the signals to find them.

    1. Frankie says:

      How do they find them to collar them?

  3. Lisa says:

    Dr. Lynn Rogers has worked with this family of bears for many years. He has gained their trust and is able to get a radio collar on them before they leave their mothers when the families break up. He is then able to follow them using the radio or GPS collars. He and the other researchers are able to follow the bears and film them doing what bears do. The bears recognize him, and eventually ignore him and go about their business while he films them.