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Bear in Georgia are hit, killed by car brands-eighth this year, wildlife officials say

The young male bear was found dead in Warner Robins, police said.

(Warner Robins Police)

Authorities using the Warner Robins Police found a dead bear on Wednesday, marking the eighth to be struck and killed in middle Georgia so far this year, wildlife officials said.

The male bear, about a year-and-a-half old, was found at an intersection in Warner Robins, according to WGXA-TV. It weighed approximately 80 pounds.

Kevin Kramer, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), told the news station, there are eight “bear roadkills” in the middle of the state this year. There are generally about 20 per year, he said, adding that at least three of the bear roadkills this year have weighed more than 400 pounds.

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During the summer, bears search for partners. The continuous movement increases the chance of a bear hit by a car, Kramer explained.

“Slow down and give them time to cross the road,” he suggested.

“The roads are mostly barriers for the bears. They usually do not try to cross a busy road — and when they do, it is usually not good,” he added.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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