Black Bear Vehicle Collision Confirmed

Southern Indiana (NNDC):

The driver who stated that he hit a black bear on I-64 near New Albany Sunday night was proven correct.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources visited the area today and confirmed that a bear was hit by a vehicle near mile marker 121.

The bear was apparently injured and wandered into heavy brush after the crash.  Indiana DNR says calls the accident unfortunate and unusual, but says bear sightings are nothing to be alarmed about. Black bear populations are growing in nearby states and it’s only natural that the animals become more common in Indiana.

Black bears are rarely aggressive toward humans.

Some tips if you do see a black bear:

— Enjoy it from a distance.
— Never attempt to feed or attract bears.
— Do not climb a tree.
— Advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms and backing slowly away.
— Report bear sightings to the Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife at 812-334-1137.

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