A bear that had wandered onto Interstate 270 Sunday was hit by a car and later euthenized by police.
The accident occurred near Father Hurley Boulevard on the southbound lanes of I-270 at around 9 a.m., according to Montgomery County Police Captain Jim Daly.
Daly said he was not sure what type of car hit the bear.
“There were injuries to both hips,” he said. “We believe it dragged itself off the highway and into woods.”
Police found the bear, a juvenile, and euthanized it.
Harry Spiker, the state’s bear biologist, said the bear weighed 107 pounds and was about a year-and-a-half old, the age at which cubs leave their mothers to find their own habitats. It is believed to be the same bear seen in Gaithersburg and Germantown in recent weeks, he said.
It is not the same bear as the one removed from Washington D.C. recently, he said. That bear was tagged, while the bear that died Sunday was not.
There are about 50 bears killed on the road a year in Maryland, Spiker said. There are more than a thousand bears statewide, and Maryland’s bear population is growing, he said.
Police consulted with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources on how to dispose of the bear’s remains, Daly said.
“This is a very rare occurrence around here,” he said.