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Bear Struck, Killed on I-80 in Parsippany

Bruin was hit by car around milepost 44 early Sunday morning, police said.

A black bear cub that made its way onto westbound Interstate 80 in Morris County was struck and killed after being hit by a Mercedes early Sunday morning, state police said.

The accident occurred around 2 a.m. near milepost 44 in Parsippany, according to police Sgt. Adam Grossman. The driver of the car was not injured, he said.

Grossman said troopers who responded to the scene put the bear down because of the extent of its injuries.

Additional information about the crash was not immediately available.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection plans to dispose of the bear.

While there were 111 bears struck by vehicles in New Jersey in 2012 and 115 in 2011, DEP spokesman Larry Ragonese said if there have been any other accidents involving bears on the interstate in Parsippany, they are rare.

He said the state picks up bears for research purposes. If a bear was tagged, officials might be able to determine its route of migration, how it grew and other information about its health.

Scott Dean January 13, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Yogi had a closed door meeting and in lieu of recent development plans the bears decided to move out...
Nancy January 14, 2013 at 01:34 AM
There will be more bears on the road with the over development in this town. We don't need more empty buildings.
sammy January 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM
no more condos or townhouses in pasippany. we need more open space less development. less density. we need more responsible people in goverment.
Chuck January 14, 2013 at 03:16 PM
The Parsippany Township needs to open a permit bow season to control the deer and bear population.
clyde donovan January 14, 2013 at 04:54 PM
No
Not Domino January 14, 2013 at 05:10 PM
All deer should be shot on sight. The season should be January 1 through December 31 until the population gets back under control. A good indicator that it is back under control will be that you can drive at least 3 miles without seeing a dead deer that was hit by a car lying on the side of the road. Bears should not be hunted unless their population has boomed out of control like deer, and I don't believe it has (but I am not an expert on this.)
clyde donovan January 14, 2013 at 05:38 PM
I know the deer population needs to be controlled. Amateur hunters may not be the way to go in a densely populated township like Parsippany. I believe Mount Lakes uses professional hunters to thin out the deer herds.
Chuck January 14, 2013 at 06:33 PM
I rather have nice grilled backstraps wrapped in bacon then see them wasted rotting on the side of rt 80
Nicholas Robert Homyak January 14, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Sorry for the poor bear; add this to the body count for the last three consecutive years of early December Bear Hunts. No doubt the warm weather and the availability of organic garbage was the attraction. Just too bad they don't hunt where the bears may be a hazard and leave them some right to life in their prime core habitat where they are no problem, but a natural resource for all to experience. Upsetting the habituated bear culture in places like the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area where there exist plenty of natural wild food sources; for example; causes rogue males to wander further because of the lack of available females and the Human lack of discipline with their garbage. If this was in fact a cub, not a yearling, then perhaps mother bear was killed in the hunt.
g January 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Bears don't kill, Mercedes do
Vicki R January 14, 2013 at 11:14 PM
If we left the Bears some room to live, we would not need to "remove" them! The bears were here first - WE are living in THEIR territory.
Nicholas Robert Homyak January 15, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Bowhunter; suggest you read some bear biology and wildlife history Its the Human population not the animals that need control; Animals don"t litter...
g January 15, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Vicki R, Have you taken a bear to lunch this week?
Charlies Angel January 15, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Better yet have you ever handfed a mother in your backyard?!
Justina January 15, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Poor Cub, Momma bear was most likely killed in the recent Not Needed hunt. Yearlings tend to stay with there Momma bear for 1 1/2 yrs. with a very strong bond. Just a little Bear Ed.
b flake January 19, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Too bad about the Mercedes and its owner. Time to shoot more Bears.

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