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Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 12/23/2010 - 9:16am.

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) -- Two bears have been killed after being struck by cars on roads in western North Carolina. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that a state trooper shot and killed a bear that had been hit and seriously injured on Interstate 40 near Black Mountain on Wednesday. Trooper G.R. Reynolds says the animal was a traffic hazard and it would have been inhumane to let it suffer. The trooper acted after officials determined it would take a wildlife officer an hour to get to the scene. Wildlife Resources Commission biologist Mike Carraway says the second bear was killed instantly when it was hit in the Leicester area. Carraway says bears are particularly active this time of year as they roam about in search of food before hibernating for the winter. --- Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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