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Truck hits bear in Loudoun County

Loudoun County sheriff's deputies were forced to shoot a 90-pound bear after it was hit by a truck Wednesday morning, officials said Thursday.

"The bear was obviously suffering from serious injuries," said Kraig Troxell, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, adding the deputies had little choice but to put the animal down.

Deputies had responded to an initial call that a "baby bear" was seen near a playground in the Stone Ridge community near Aldie, Troxell said. The deputies found the injured black bear near Gum Spring Road and Tall Cedars Parkway.

Troxell said there have been recent sightings of bears in Loudoun, but he wasn't aware of any being struck by vehicles.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  July 1, 2010; 9:39 AM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , Loudoun  
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We are seeing more of these animals because of the continued building. We are destorying the habitat for so many different wildlife. Looking at other countries like Great Britain, Italy and France - they preserve their forests rather than destory them; why can't the US do the same?

Posted by: sun52shine | July 1, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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