Just a week after a bear was hit and injured on Interstate 485 south of Charlotte comes news that one was killed after being hit on Interstate 95 outside Lumberton, east of Charlotte in Robeson County.
The Robesonian newspaper says it happened last week and investigators believe whatever killed the bear was bigger than the average car. The bear weighed as much as 350 pounds, officials told the newspaper.
Miles Sampson, of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission told the Robesonian the bear likely wandered into the southbound lanes near exit 35 while looking for its next meal. Sampson believed the bear was struck by a tractor-trailer rig that didn’t stop.
The killing happened the day before a June 1 incident near Charlotte, in which a bear was struck on Interstate 485 at the Providence Road exit.
Investigators say the bear fled into a wooded area after causing heavy damage to the vehicle. The driver was not seriously hurt.
Neighbors have reported several bear sightings in the Union County area in recent weeks.