Three Motorists Report Striking Bears With Their Vehicles

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release

Crawfordville, Florida -

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office reminds motorists to be careful on the highways while the weather is transitioning from the warmer summer weather to cooler fall temperatures.

In the last week the sheriff’s office has responded to three calls for service involving bears in the road. All of the calls were received between 4:05 a.m. and 4:34 a.m. Three motorists reported striking bears with their vehicles. Two of the three bears were killed, but there were no injuries reported by motorists.

On Oct. 16, a 250 to 300 pound bear was struck on the Sopchoppy Highway near Pink Green Road. On Oct. 21, a motorist reported striking a bear near U.S. Highway 98 and Highway 365. The bear returned to a wooded area at 4:24 a.m. On Oct. 24, a bear was reported dead in the road on U.S. Highway 98 north of Panacea. The report was received at 4:34 a.m.

Deer are also on the move and reports of motorists striking deer on Wakulla County roads have also been received. “Slow down and take extra precautions if you are driving late at night or early in the morning to avoid a collision with wildlife,” said Sheriff Donnie Crum.

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