400-pound bear collides with motorcycle and dies along North Carolina highway, pilot says – The Virginian-Pilot

A North Carolina man was riding a motorcycle when a bear rammed his bike, he said.

Robert Wadman said he and his wife were driving near a swamp when the roughly 400-pound beast sped into the road on Monday July 25.

The bear was “killed on the spot” from the crash, which was reported along NC Road 133 in Brunswick County. State troopers responded around 11 a.m. to the scene, which is near Winnabow and across the Cape Fear River from the Wilmington area.

Wadman told McClatchy News he was going about 50 mph when the bear ran down the road, hitting his bike. He said he later pulled over and found another driver “dragged the bear off the street and to the side of the road”.

Photos Wadman shared with McClatchy News show the animal’s body lying on a patch of grass after hitting the side of the bike.

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Wadman’s wife, who was riding on the back of the motorcycle, ended up with a bruised leg, he said. The husband had two broken toes, but his bike was not damaged in the collision, WWAY reported.

In a Facebook post, Wadman told McClatchy News the crash happened along a hallway where he had a close encounter with a family of bears. Earlier in July, two drivers were nearby when they hit and killed a bear that weighed 500 pounds, according to WWAY.

Drivers who strike animals are asked to pull off the road and take photos for possible insurance claims. But be sure to keep your distance from the injured creature, officials warn.

“If he is still alive, he could be distressed and dangerous,” the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said on its website. “Wait for the authorities to arrive.

Bears generally do not pose a risk to humans unless they are given food or provoked, wildlife officials say.

Black bears, the only species in North Carolina, prefer to live in swamps and woods in the eastern and western parts of the state. The animals can weigh 700 pounds or more, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission said on its website.

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Earnest L. Veasey