Bensalem Black Bear Hit by Car, Euthanized: Police

The bear was roaming throughout Bensalem since Friday.

A black bear that was roaming throughout Bensalem over the weekend was struck by a car Sunday night and later euthanized, police said.

According to Bensalem Police, the bear was located behind Nifty Fifties around 11:15 p.m. Sunday. The PA Game Commission was called to the scene. Officials from the game commission euthanized the bear after they discovered it had a broken leg from being hit by a car earlier that night.

No one has come forward claiming to have struck the bear with their vehicle, Bensalem police said.

The bear was roaming throughout Bensalem since Friday.

Police announced around 9:15 a.m. Friday it was following a bear in the area of Edge Avenue and Michael Drive. Shortly after, police said the bear had made its way to the area of Bensalem Blvd and the PA Turnpike overpass.

Later that morning, police announced they had lost sight of the bear but were monitoring the area. 

Donna L. Fleming May 28, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Many thinking the same thing, story sounds to be made up by the police and the Officials from the game commission. There were so many better ways to handle this then killing the young bear I would think. Tranquilze and send to a wild life hospital to heal then release in the mountains.
Rollin Thunder May 28, 2014 at 03:58 PM
I don't believe that story,. Lets call it Hear say, But somebody I know, Told me, somebody that they work with,, Brother Lives right by there, and seen The Bear running and climbing a fence and didn't look like it was heart in any way. a short time after they shot the bear!. I don't know if its true. But it seems to me the lack of Media coverage over the killing, leaves me to question the validity of this story of it being hit by a car ! wheres the report of the driver that hit it ?
Kathy June 01, 2014 at 07:34 AM
Seriously? In the past week two bears hit by a car, both had a broken leg (how those two "facts" were determined is a mystery) and now both are dead...very sad. As Donna stated, there must be other (more humane) ways to deal with this.
Mary K. Bingler June 01, 2014 at 10:38 AM
In the story about the other bear which was euthanized in the Horsham area, one commenter mentioned that we should reach out w our concerns to the PA Game Commission. Additionally, we should contact local PA Sen Chuck McIlhinney, who is Vice Chair of Fish & Game: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/senate_bio.cfm?id=22
Jonathan Kratz June 01, 2014 at 06:05 PM
AND...judging from the accompanying photographs, both bears were completely identical.


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