THAYER, Mo. – Missouri officials say a 600-pound black bear has been struck and killed by a semitrailer near the Arkansas border.
Paul Veatch with the Missouri Department of Conservation tells KAIT-TV the animal is being studied at a facility in Jefferson City.
The semitrailer driver tells authorities he initially thought a cow had run into the side of his vehicle on Monday morning near Thayer.
Veatch says a Missouri trooper had to use a log chain to move the bear. Authorities used a front end loader to lift the animal from the ground into Veatch’s truck.
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He says the bear was likely bulking up for winter.
The department estimates about 400 bears live in southern Missouri.