: MDWFP News: Black Bear Killed in Vehicle Collision

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JACKSON – On Monday, May 26, at approximately 9 p.m., a black bear was hit
and killed by a vehicle traveling east on U.S. Hwy. 80 between Newton and
Hickory in Newton Co. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and
Parks (MDWFP) Conservation Officer Sgt. Tyler Norman responded to the scene
of the accident and found the 168 pound male bear dead on the shoulder of
the highway. The driver of the vehicle, who was uninjured, reported that
the bear ran out of the woods and into the highway just after the vehicle
had crossed Turkey Creek.

Local residents are advised that while black bears are not common in east
central Mississippi, there are a few bears in this area of the state. In
the lower two-thirds of Mississippi the black bear is listed as a Federally
Threatened Species and it is classified as Endangered throughout the state
under Mississippi statute. As such, it is illegal to intentionally kill or
harass a black bear. Motorists driving at night or early morning in areas
inhabited by bears should exercise caution. The bear killed Monday night
was taken to MDWFP’s Museum of Natural Science to be used for research and
education.

For more information regarding bears in Mississippi, visit our website at
www.mdwfp.com/bear or call us at (601) 432-2199. Follow us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.