Bear killed by truck on northeast Iowa highway, agency says

Published 9:12 am Tuesday, June 28, 2016

WATERVILLE, Iowa — Authorities say a black bear has been killed by a truck on a highway in northeast Iowa.

The Iowa Natural Resources Department said in a news release Monday that the bear was struck Friday evening on Iowa Highway 76 near the Yellow River Forest in southeast Allamakee County. The bear weighed around 200 pounds and was believed to be a young specimen.

In 2015 at least three black bears were reported several times as they moved around northeast Iowa. Experts say the bears wander into Iowa from neighboring Minnesota, Wisconsin and Missouri, where there are breeding populations.

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People who see black bears or find signs of them in Iowa are urged to contact the resources department or law enforcement agencies.