Black Bear Being Treated After Being Hit by Car

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida black bear will be released back into the
wild after being hit by a vehicle.

Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to a call Tuesday night that a driver had hit a bear. They tranquilized it and transported the 200-pound animal to be examined.

Fish and wildlife officials determined the bear did not have life-threatening injuries and decided to release the bear. The bears normally are able to heal and survive vehicle collisions while bears taken into captivity can learn to associate people with food.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state has between 2,500 and 3,000 black bears. The bear will be released into Picayune Strand State Forest, in Collier County.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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