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Cumberland County Drivers On Edge After Bear Sightings

Posted August 10, 2001

— You know the damage a deer can do when hit by your car, but imagine what a bear can do. One Cumberland County driver found out earlier this week.

Heather Johns was on her way to work when she suddenly hit a big, furry object in the road. At first, she thought it was a horse, but when sheriff's deputies arrived, she found out she actually hit a 185-pound black bear.

"It's been three incidents in the last two months, where bears have been hit by cars. We had two other calls here. They were getting into dumpsters," says wildlife enforcement officer Robert Newsome.

Although Johns escaped injury, the bear caused $1,700 in damage to her car. Wildlife officials say bears are most active between June and August.

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