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Black Bear Victim Of Hit And Run Accident

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Date: June 28, 2010
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
June 28, 2010                 10-055      
Al Nash (307) 344-2015


Black Bear Victim Of Hit And Run Accident

For the second time in less than a month, a bear has been killed by a hit and run driver in Yellowstone National Park.

The female adult black bear was cinnamon colored, and weighed 147 pounds.

Her body was found in a ditch along the Grand Loop Road, east of the entrance to Blacktail Plateau Drive, about halfway between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction.

The animal’s injuries indicate she probably darted out of the forest into the road and was struck by a passing vehicle. There were no witnesses, and no accident report has been filed with rangers.

This is the second bear killed by a car in the park so far this summer. A male yearling grizzly was discovered dead along US Highway 191 in early June, after another unreported accident.

More than 100 large animals a year are killed in traffic accidents in Yellowstone. Most of these accidents happen after dark, in bad weather, or involve vehicles exceeding the speed limit.

Drivers who accidentally strike an animal in the park are asked to report the incident at the nearest ranger station.

- www.nps.gov/yell -

Did You Know?

Bison in Yellowstone.

There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.