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Vehicle hits, kills bear on I-70 at Floyd Hill

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By The Staff

A 2-year-old black bear was killed by a vehicle on I-70 about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The bear was struck by an eastbound vehilce near Floyd Hill, and the Division of Wildlife removed the remains Wednesday morning. There were no injuries to the motorist who reported the incident.

"It's very common," said Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for the DOW. "Unfortunately, I-70 was built through a wildlife corridor. We'd like to remind people to drive slow and keep their eyes open for wildlife."

Churchill said car-versus-bear incidents are likely to occur when bears are first coming out of hibernation and when they are preparing for hibernation. During “hyperphasia,” bears need at least 10,000 calories a day and often travel great distances for food in preparation for hibernation.

Churchill said the DOW also sees a lot of reports of dead bighorn sheep through the Georgetown corridor, where one of the state's largest herds resides.

"We have so much wonderful wildlife, which also increases the chances of collisions," Churchill said.

The bear’s body was sent to the DOW lab, where specialists will see if any parts can be used in education.