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(2014 Article) Bear Killed By Car on 101 Freeway

Original Source: https://www.toacorn.com/articles/bear-killed-by-car-on-101-freeway/

Published on May 22, 2014
By Sylvie Belmond

A black bear was struck and killed by a vehicle at around 10:20 p.m. Monday on the northbound 101 Freeway in Westlake Village.

The incident occurred near the Lindero Canyon Boulevard exit.

It appears the bear went through a fence and tried to cross the freeway. The driver who hit the animal contacted authorities. The person was not injured.

The bear was found dead in the northbound lane and had been hit several times, California Highway Patrol spokesperson Leland Tang said.

It was moved to the shoulder and the L.A. County Department of Animal Control was called in to remove the carcass. The animal was apparently heading south.

“There are no bears in the Santa Monica Mountains, but we know there is a fairly robust population in the Santa Susana Mountains,” said Kate Kuykendall, spokesperson for the Santa Monica National Recreation Area.

This is not the first time a bear was spotted in the Conejo Valley.

In late April 2006, a black bear that was spotted in the vicinity of Westlake High School was captured and tranquilized two days later near the Target store in Newbury Park. The animal was released in the mountains north of Ojai after sleeping off its sedatives.

In June that same year, the California Dept. of Fish and Game captured another bear near a culvert on Russell Ranch Road in Westlake Village. The juvenile black bear had been hiding before being lured into a trap. That animal was also released in the Los Padres National Forest.

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