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Bear found dead at NCSU likely hit by vehicle, NC Wildlife says

Posted May 1

— A 200-pound black bear found dead Tuesday on a bench at North Carolina State University was hit by a vehicle, not shot, according to preliminary necropsy results.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission posted the update Thursday on Twitter and said a news conference would be held once the final report was ready.

The dead black bear was dumped early Tuesday on the central part of campus, outside Bostian Hall, not far from the Brickyard, campus police said. A groundskeeper reported the bear to authorities at about 8 a.m.

A spokesman for campus police said officials weren't sure how long the bear was on the bench before being discovered. Authorities said they believe the bear was killed elsewhere and moved to campus.

Officials with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission removed the bear at about 9:15 a.m. The animal was taken to the Rollins Laboratory at the state Agriculture Department, where the necropsy was performed.

A witness told WRAL News that the bear's claws had been removed, but wildlife officials did not confirm that.

"That's something that will be determined through the investigation," said Brent Ward, an enforcement officer with the wildlife commission.

He said the fine for killing bears out of season is discretionary and up to the courts. The fine ranges from $500 to $10,000.

Ward said the courts also could order the culprits to pay the cost of replacing a black bear, which is a minimum of $2,230. Other possible charges could include animal cruelty or improper disposal.

Anyone with information about the bear is asked to call the wildlife commission at 1-800-662-7137.

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  • btneast May 2, 1:03 p.m.

    It's not like there's a huge black bear population in Raleigh.
    Huge....depends on your definition of huge. Are there bears in Raleigh, you bet. Lots of other wild critters as well.

  • btneast May 2, 12:22 p.m.

    [bWho's to say they didn't kill it inentionally with their pickup truck? It's still a case of poaching here.][/b]

    No, it's NOT. Wild animals get hit accidentally by cars often. Intentionally....doubtful....hitting an animal that size will cause body damage that is quite expensive.

  • notexactly May 2, 8:21 a.m.

    We do have many bears in this state. Remember we are a short 2 hour drive from the coast, where there is a large population of bears. Also there are many bears toward warren county as well. That bear could have been hit a short distance from here. Or it could have been hit here just the same.

  • ncprr1 May 1, 6:53 p.m.

    Will this be a lesson for those that jumped to conclusions when this story was first posted? It... View More

    — Posted by nufsaid

    I don't see one difference. They're still just as guilty and need to be found ASAP.

    — Posted by Super Hans

    LOL, yeah right...let's spend a million dollars investigating who accidentally hit a bear. In fact, why stop there, we should investigate all road kill tragedies, squirrels, raccoons, birds. We shouldn't discriminate.

  • mjgdeux May 1, 5:52 p.m.

    Who's to say they didn't kill it inentionally with their pickup truck? It's still a case of... View More

    — Posted by Obamacare returns again

    Can't tell if joking or serious...

  • Super Hans May 1, 5:34 p.m.

    Will this be a lesson for those that jumped to conclusions when this story was first posted? It... View More

    — Posted by nufsaid

    I don't see one difference. They're still just as guilty and need to be found ASAP.

  • lovecary May 1, 4:30 p.m.

    Where would this bear have been hit by a car? It's not like there's a huge black bear population... View More

    — Posted by jay82308

    I've seen black bear in Western Cary/Apex area. You'd be surprised how prevalent in this area.

  • SMAPAEA May 1, 4:30 p.m.

    we need more cameras outside buildings on campus.

  • notexactly May 1, 4:13 p.m.

    Who's to say they didn't kill it inentionally with their pickup truck? It's still a case of... View More

    — Posted by Obamacare returns again

    Um no it is not. If you hit a deer with your car it is not poaching. The law was broke when whomever moved the bear. If you hit an animal you really don't have to do anything. But if you move it you are really breaking the law. Same with an animal you shoot during hunting season legally. You can not move that animal before you punch your game report card. If you do that is illegal and that is a ticket. Not poaching.

  • notexactly May 1, 4:07 p.m.

    How do you replace a black bear? It's not like you can just go out and buy one...

    — Posted by buford

    Well, yes you can. They can get another bear from other parts of the state or country. Its actually real easy for the wildlife officials to do. It does have a cost to it though. Just like a turkey. They will charge you for the cost of replacement of the bird if you poach one.

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