JOPLIN, Mo. | A young black bear died in southwest Missouri after being struck by a vehicle as he tried to cross Interstate 44.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Watson says the bear was hit Wednesday near Joplin and crawled to a median.
State conservation agent Adam Bracken says the animal was tranquilized and taken to a veterinarian, but had to be euthanized because of its severe injuries.
The Joplin Globe reports that authorities said the bear weighed 130 pounds and was about 5 feet long, and was probably 2 to 3 years old.
Bracken says black bears are still relatively rare in the state. The latest conservation estimates are that from 300 to 400 of the bears live in Missouri.
Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com