LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A black bear was hit and killed by a car this week in Lawrence County.
It happened on Highway 117 near Black Rock on Wednesday morning.
According to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission State Bear Coordinator Myron Mears, the bear was a male cub that weighed about 100 pounds.
Mears estimates that the bear was about two years old.
The incident comes after multiple recent bear sightings in Region 8.
Mears explained that male cubs are usually kicked out of dens by their mothers around this time because the mom starts her two-year breeding cycle again.
"So you'll see them show up in places that just aren't normal for bears to show up," Mears said. "She drives these young males out of her home range and when she does that all of the adult males that are in bear range, they drive those young males out of their range too. They won't tolerate them being around. So what you end up having is these young males just end up being nomads for the first few years of their lives until they get old enough to establish a territory and defend it."
He said there is no reason to worry about yourself or your pets, though.
"A lot of people think that you know, that they'll attack their dogs or eat their cats or attack their children if they're out playing in the yard," Mears said. "They really don't. A young bear like that is no different than a dear or anything else. They just have an innate fear of people just like anything else."
Mears said the mother bear is likely not around Black Rock, either.
These cubs will travel 100 miles or more away from their dens when they are relocating, which usually happens in May or June.
However, he did remind people that it is illegal to bait or feed bears to attract them outside of hunting season or 30 days prior to it.