|39 1/2 year old black bear referred to as #56|
Photo credit: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Last night I was sent a link to an article detailing the death of #56. She was found dead and partially decomposed in the Minnesota wilderness, having apparently died of natural causes.
I wanted to share her story, as it is amazing for a wild animal, especially a highly sought after big game species, to live such a long and natural life.
#56's teeth were failing, but she appeared to be foraging well for herself, and was found outside her home range which surprised Noyce, but appeared to be resting in a comfortable shady spot when she passed.
This story amazes me, and I hope you take the time to read about her a bit more in depth.
World's oldest bear dies in Minnesota forest