Juneau Police Officer Terry Allen says they got the call about 6:32 a.m. Wednesday morning from Vanderbilt Hill Road, the stretch of road between Egan Drive and old Glacier Highway just north of Twin Lakes. The cub was one of three with a sow that apparently tried crossing the road.
Allen says another officer arrived on the scene and reported that the severely-injured cub was crying, and trying to crawl or drag itself around with its front legs. The cub could not use its back legs and it may have suffered from a broken back.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was contacted, but a biologist was at least ten minutes away from the scene. The biologist reportedly concurred with the suggestion to end the little bear’s suffering.
Allen says momma and the other two cubs hung around until the deceased bear was removed from the scene by ADF & G.
There were no reported injuries to the driver and no reported damage to the passenger vehicle that struck the bear.
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