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Bear fatally struck by car on I-40 in Knoxville

July 11th, 2014 6:00 pm by Associated Press

Bear fatally struck by car on I-40 in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knoxville police say a bear struck and killed by a car early Friday morning on Interstate 40 was likely the same bear seen wandering in neighborhoods the day before.

Police were alerted at 3:39 a.m. of a collision between a vehicle and the bear on westbound I-40. The driver was not hurt.

Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk told the Associated Press that police could not say for sure it was the same bear seen earlier, but it likely is.

The bear had been seen multiple times Thursday as it moved through neighborhoods in the area of Papermill Road, Kirby Road and Lonas Drive.

Officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency opted to leave the bear alone Thursday because it was not a threat to people.

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