A motorist on Interstate 40 in North Carolina drove into a bear in the predawn hours on Thursday, according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
It happened around 2 a.m., near the interchange of interstates 40 and 85 south of Greensboro, said Jodie Owen of the Wildlife Resources Commission.
The collision killed the bear, which was a juvenile weighing about 100 pounds, Owen told the Charlotte Observer.
The sight of the carcass caused rush hour traffic problems Thursday morning, between the exits for Mount Hope Church Road and Rock Creek Dairy Road, TV station WMFY reported.
Video posted by the station showed the bear damaged the front fender of the Honda, before tumbling to the side of the road.
The driver was “okay,” WMFY reported.
“The (state) biologist pulled a tooth for aging and other purposes, and buried it,” Owen told the Observer.
“This is the time of year when young bears, called transients, are on the move after being pushed away by the adult female bear as she begins breeding again.”
It’s the second time in two weeks a black bear has died in a car collision on North Carolina’s roads.
On April 8, a 55-year-old driver struck a 600-pound bear on U.S. 64 in Washington County, along the N.C. coast, WITN reported. The bear died of “internal trauma,” the Charlotte Observer reported on April 9.
In January, a bear weighing nearly 300 pounds was killed on Interstate 40 near Asheville, but the driver did not file a police report, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. The “badly damaged” bear was found at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 2 on the side of the interstate, the newspaper reported.