Woodstock Police spokeswoman Brittany Duncan said the driver of the car that struck the younger bear called in to report the accident, but the driver did not stay on the scene and was not injured.
Initially, it was believed only one bear had been struck, but when officials arrived they found that a mother bear had also been killed, and they believe another vehicle hit the older bear earlier and did not call in.
“When officers responded to the roadway to check on the animal struck, it was discovered that the younger bear was deceased and then a short time later, the mother bear was discovered deceased on the side of the road,” Duncan said Wednesday.
Emergency dispatch officers had received an earlier report of three bears walking along Interstate 575 in Woodstock, possibly near Sixes Road, and Duncan said that police notified officials of a possible third bear.
“Officers did search the immediate area looking for a possible third bear, however, one was not located,” Duncan said. “We did notify the Department of Natural Resources of a ‘possible’ second cub, uninjured.”
Duncan said the state Department of Transportation responded and removed the bears from the roadway within 30 minutes.