The bear population is increasing, what if you hit a bear?

Naturalist Lauren Copple tells us: “Do not try to push or move the animal, it could be injured and confused/scared if it were to.”
Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop G, “This cub was hit on State Route PP, north of Cabool. As Missouri’s bear populations increase, drivers should remain alert for crosswalks. bear Courtesy of Troupe G.

TEXAS COUNTY, Mo. – With Missouri’s bear population continuing to grow, more and more are crossing the roads.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop G, “This cub was hit on State Route PP, north of Cabool. As Missouri’s bear populations increase, drivers should remain alert for crosswalks. bear.

As with deer, experts say never swerve to miss an animal. You could be hurt more if you run over or crash head-on into an oncoming vehicle.

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If you swerve and crash your vehicle? Most insurance will not cover your damage as it would appear as a single vehicle accident.

What to do if you hit a bear?

Lauren Copple, naturalist, tells us: “Stop and call the conservation service. Do not try to push or move the animal, it could be injured and confused/scared if it comes.

If your car is broken down, wait for the police to arrive and they can handle the situation.

“Missouri Dept of Conservation will want to measure and assess and take samples and try to learn everything they can from the bear,” Copple said finally, “Don’t try to load it up and bring it home. ”

Just like deer, there are certain parameters for bringing home animals hit by a vehicle.

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If you hit an animal and your car is not broken down. Dial 911 and they will contact conservation officers on your behalf where you are.

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Wildlife crossing the roadway and getting hit unfortunately happens far too often, but rarely the victim is a black bear cub. This little one was hit on State Route PP, north of Cabool, Texas County. As Missouri’s bear populations increase, drivers should remain alert for bear crossings. pic.twitter.com/1nQq3YV7fC