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Black bear dies after being hit by car

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Posted at 4:40 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 08:21:45-04

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 7 has received some inquiries about a black bear that was hit and killed by a vehicle near Volborg recently.

Volborg is between Broadus and Miles City in southeastern Montana.

According to FWP Warden Kyle Queer of Broadus, a large male bear weighing in at 185 pounds was hit by a small vehicle on Highway 59 South at around 10:30 p.m. on August 18.

The impact disabled the vehicle, but there were no injuries to any occupants. The bear was killed on impact.

“It was a rather large bear,” Queer said.

Queer responded to the incident just inside of Powder River County, collected the bear, weighed it, and extracted a tooth for aging purposes.

Bear fatalities are entered into a state database. The bear measured just under six feet in length.

According to a press release from FWP, Region 7 has seen increased black bear activity this spring and summer. Bears also may be out and about more in coming weeks as they up their food intake ahead of winter. People are advised to secure any bear attractants to avoid encounters with the animals, who can become conditioned by easy access to food and lose their natural fear of humans.

If you see a bear in close proximity to people, please contact Fish, Wildlife & Parks at 406-234-0900 or 1-800-TIP-MONT.