Hit and run kills bear

Some punk driving in or through Woodfin, NC hit a bear-cub, sadening its mother to the point that she tried several times to get to her cub; and then the local police stopped highway traffic so she could get to the cub. This is by far the saddest story I have read in a while.
clipped from www.wral.com

Police stopped traffic on a western North Carolina highway to help a mother bear retrieve her cub’s body after it had been killed by a vehicle.

Officers in the Buncombe County town of Woodfin stopped traffic on westbound Interstate 26 for about 20 minutes Tuesday afternoon, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported Thursday. The mother bear had tried twice to get to her 80-pound cub on the busy highway.

Officers have dealt with enough bear sightings that they knew the risk of getting between the cub and the mother. Officers with rifles stood watch while others pulled the cub to the side of the road near the mother, who had another cub with her.

The mother bear “grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and pulled it off the roadway,” Roberts said. “She pulled it off into the woods. She was tending to it.”

“Eventually, she is going to figure it out and leave. This was just a short period of time a couple of hours, and she wasn’t ready to leave yet,” Carraway said.

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