More bear road kills

Thus far in November, the number of black bears to have died on Maryland roads has increased significantly.

Nine more bears have been struck and killed, bringing to 68 the total highway deaths during 2016, according to an unofficial count maintained by the Cumberland Times-News.

On Nov. 1, a male bear weighing 159 pounds died on state Route 135 near the Backbone Mountain Youth Center.

On Nov. 2, a 150-pound male bear died on Interstate 68 two miles east of the Lower New Germany Road exit.

On Nov. 3, a badly decomposed radio-collared sow bear was found near Thurmont in Frederick County, possibly the victim of a car strike.

On Nov. 5, on state Route 135 near Walnut Bottom Road, a 50-pound female bear perished.

Also on Nov. 5, on state Route 135 near the Backbone Mountain truck escape ramp, a 40-pound male bear was hit and killed.

On Nov. 6, a female bear weighing 92 pounds died on I-68 one mile east of M.V. Smith Road in Allegany County.

On Nov. 10, a vehicle killed a 170-pound male bear on I-68 one mile west of the Finzel exit.

On Nov. 19, in Washington County, a 124-pound male bear died on Interstate 70 six miles from the Pennsylvania line.

On Nov. 21, on Indian Springs Road in Washington County, the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service euthanized a 196-pound female bear whose back legs had been broken when it was struck by a vehicle.

In addition to the road kills, the agency reported a dead bear on Westernport Road near the Allegany-Garrett counties line that had been short, perhaps during the October bear season.

And a 100-pound male bear, cause of death unknown, was found along Pigs Ear Road in Garrett County.

To report bear incidents in Garrett County, call WHS at 301-334-4255. In Allegany County, call 301-777-2136.

Mike Sawyers is a staff writer and the outdoor editor at Cumberland Times-News. Call/text him at 301-268-0630, email msawyers@times-news.com and follow him on Twitter.

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