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Two black bears found dead in improperly working traps<br><br>
6/24/2006, 5:30 p.m. ET<br><br>
The Associated Press<br><br><br><br><br><br>
MUNISING, Mich. (AP) Two black bears died after traps set by researchers malfunctioned at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a park official said.<br><br><br><br>
The male sub-adult bears were found dead in separate traps Wednesday, park superintendent Jim Northup said. Federal researchers who for several years have trapped bears to collect DNA samples and track their movements set the traps properly, but the two bears became entangled in a cable that is part of the trap and were strangled, he said.<br><br><br><br>
"We are absolutely sick about what has happened," Northup told The Mining Journal of Marquette on Friday. "As stewards of the park's natural and cultural resources we take our responsibilities very seriously, and I can assure you that the park staff and I are grieving about this mishap."<br><br><br><br>
Trapping using the type of traps in which the bears died has been suspended pending a review.<br><br><br><br>
Park officials said Friday that they had no estimate of the number of black bears inhabiting the national lakeshore, which covers 73,000 acres and extends along 45 miles of Lake Superior shoreline in the central Upper Peninsula.
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