Black Bear collides with car, shot by police

Friday, July 2, 2010 - 8:55am

In Livingston Parish a black bear is dead after being struck by a car and then shot.

This is the second time in less than a week here in Louisiana that one of these threatened animals has been hit by a vehicle.

With only a few hundred of these big yet bashful animals out in the wild, it's rare to have one show up basically in your backyard.

Charles Foster has lived on the border of these woods for nearly seventy years. He's disappointed he never got to see it.

Tuesday night around 11pm, a car travelling on Burgess Road crashed into the 330 pound bear.

The driver told Walker Police it disappeared into the nearby brush. The officer who went after it said the hurt animal charged at him and he had no choice but to shoot it.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says if you see a black bear it's important for you to get someplace safe and make sure to report the sighting to wildlife officials.

The number to the 24 hour hotline is 1-800-442-2511.

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