Bear found dead in Sunset Beach, believed to be hit by car

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A bear hit by a car in Sunset Beach on May 23, 2018. (Photo: John Cubito)

SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A 200-pound male black bear was found dead on the side of a highway in Brunswick County early Wednesday.

North Carolina Wildlife Biologist John Harrelson says it appeared to have been hit by a car on Highway 904 near the Seaside United Methodist Church.

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Harrelson said this is not uncommon. He said it is about to be breeding season and drivers on rural roads should be aware that bears could cross over them.

He says the agency responds to 10 to 20 calls of crashes involving bears this time of year.