Bear on losing end of collision with car in Christian County

Published: May. 14, 2016 at 8:16 PM CDT
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The evidence was visible off the side of Highway T in Christian County. A car had collided with an American Black Bear. The bear died.

James Dixon with the Missouri Department of Conservation says collisions between bears and cars are happening more often in the area. Dixon had to head out to the area east of Oldfield Saturday night to retrieve the remains of the bear. Dixon said it was a healthy young male and weighed about 150 pounds.

Dixon said no humans were injured in the accident. He does not know how badly damaged the car was in this accident. Damage in a car versus bear collision is usually not as severe as when a car collides with a dear. That's because the bear is lower to the ground and the impact is usually around the bumper. The area of this collision was on the edge of the Mark Twain Forest. Dixon says it is very important for people who live in rural areas like this to make sure discarded garbage on their property doesn't attract bears who are looking for food.