MACON CO., AL (WSFA) - The carcass of a young, male black bear has been found on Interstate 85 in Macon County.
The wild animal, which the Alabama Department of Conservation estimates to weigh approximately 100lbs., was struck by an automobile. An 18-wheeler also hit the bear.
The body was recovered from the roadway by conservation department officials and will be turned over to wildlife biologists for possible testing and disposal.
Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida have viable breeding populations, as does southwest Alabama
Because there are great reproductive rates, some male bears are wondering into Alabama to find new territories and new females.
This bear is "not common, but also not unusual," Capt. Rouleau with the conservation dept.
If you see one, they are mostly likely male and looking for a mate or food. The animal's diet consists primarily of plants, conservationists say.
It goes without saying, but curiosity seekers should not approach one of these wild animals should they spot them.