The number of black bears to have died via car strikes on Maryland roadways thus far during 2013 has risen to four.
On April 9, the carcass of what was determined to be a 180-pound male bruin was discovered in the woods on the east side of state Route 135 between the Tri-Towns Plaza and Westernport, according to Clarissa Harris of the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service.
Also on April 9, the badly decomposed carcass of an adult bear was found alongside Spring Lick Road in Garrett County.
On April 5, a wildlife agency crew euthanized a 15-pound bear near Klondike on the Garrett/Allegany counties line. Harris believes the bear was not a cub, but a yearling that had fared poorly during the winter and was in weak condition.