Impala kills bear
By CRYSTAL LEE/Democrat staff Writer
Article Created: 04/26/2007 02:29:13 PM PDT
A young bear was hit and killed by a car early Thursday morning on southbound Interstate 5 just north of Highway 113 in Woodland.
The accident occurred at around 5:30 a.m. when a black bear ran from the right shoulder of the freeway toward the center, California Highway Patrol Officer Terry Whitney said. The bear was hit by a Chevy Impala in the far left lane and thrown into the center median out of traffic, he said.
The car's airbags deployed and the driver was reportedly uninjured, he said.
Traffic flow continued normally and Caltrans took the bear to an undisclosed location, he said.
Whitney said he would guess the bear was about 2 to 3 years old based on size and probably came from somewhere near Rumsey.
This is an uncommon accident, Whitney said. He said there were no reports of residents seeing the bear in town before it wandered onto the freeway.
This is about 3 miles from where I live in a town of about 60,000. If we keep going into their land to build our houses they are going to come into our to find theirs.
Also I carring a pepper spry that says it can stop a bear. My friends picked on me saying I was doing over kill, this morning I decided I was just planing way ahead.