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Mother Bear, Cub Fatally Struck By Car Near Reno

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — A mother bear and a cub were fatally struck by a car near Reno, and wildlife officials are searching for a surviving cub.

Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says one of the cubs died at the scene while the mother bear and other cub left after the collision Thursday night on old Highway 40 in the town of Verdi just west of Reno.

After also being hit by the car, the mother wandered about 200 yards away with the other cub and laid down under a tree behind an abandoned house.

Wildlife officials found the mother dead with the cub on top of her body on Friday morning, and were trying to capture the cub when it ran off toward a mountainside next to an old Verdi neighborhood.

Healy says officials left the mother’s body in place in hopes of capturing the cub there Saturday.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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