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300-pound bear struck and killed by SUV on 210 Freeway

A 300-pound bear is on a flat-bed tow truck.
A 300-pound bear that was struck and killed on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale on Monday morning is loaded onto the back of a flatbed truck.
(KTLA)

A 300-pound bear was struck and killed Monday morning on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale, authorities said.

The crash happened around 4:15 a.m. on the westbound connector road to the southbound 605 Freeway, when an SUV hit the bear, California Highway Patrol Officer Ramon Kendricks said.

The CHP told KTLA-TV that several cars swerved to avoid hitting the bear.

Nearly a century after the California grizzly was hunted to extinction, black bears are being killed by motorists in record numbers.

The bear was eventually removed from the freeway on a flatbed tow truck, Kendricks said.

He said he didn’t know whether anyone in the vehicle was injured in the crash.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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