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Brown Bear Struck by Pickup Dies in South Anchorage Crash

Published On: Nov 08 2013 10:38:54 AM AKST   Updated On: Nov 08 2013 10:39:37 AM AKST

A small brown bear died after being hit by a pickup truck Friday morning, in a South Anchorage collision which left the driver uninjured according to local police.

APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro says dispatchers were informed of the crash, involving a silver Chevrolet pickup truck on a curve of Rabbit Creek Road near its intersection with the Old Seward Highway, just after 7 a.m. Officers arrived at the scene shortly before 7:30 a.m.

“The bear had hit the side of a vehicle -- the vehicle essentially ran over the bear,” Castro said.

Castro says the bear didn’t survive its injuries from the collision, walking some distance but ending up against a guardrail near the crash site.

“The bear had died when officers arrived at the scene,” Castro said.

Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game were called to remove the bear, arriving at about 9 a.m. Rabbit Creek wasn’t closed by the crash, but officers conducted traffic control during the response.