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June 24, 2014

Road-killed bear tally rises

Up to 15 in Maryland now

CUMBERLAND — Six more bears have died on Maryland roadways, bringing the road-kill total to 15 this year.

On June 15, a male bear weighing 125 pounds was struck on Interstate 68 near the state Route 36 exit in Allegany County.

On June 16, a 158-pound male bear died on I-68 between Friendsville and Keysers Ridge. Clarissa Harris of the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service said several vehicles were involved, either striking the bear or each other.

On June 19, in Frederick County at the junction of Yellow Springs Road and Walter Martz Road, a male bear weighing 80 pounds was struck and killed.

On June 22, two bears died on I-68 in Garrett County, a female one mile from the West Virginia state line and a male three miles west of Keysers Ridge.

On June 23, near Clarysville in Allegany County, an 80-pound male bear was killed on I-68.

In other bear incidents, on June 19, a bear found its way into the National Institute of Health compound at Bethesda. The bear climbed the only nearby tree, was tranquilized by a WHS crew and relocated to McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area.

To report bear incidents in Allegany County, call the Maryland Wildlife Service at 301-777-2136. In Garrett County, call 301-334-4255. Outdoor Editor Mike Sawyers may be contacted at 301-784-2523.

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