Driver hits bear on I-77 North in Akron (photos)

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A bear was struck and killed by a vehicle early Tuesday morning, according to Akron Police.

First responders put the bear in the back of an ambulance following the accident.

Reports came in around 5:30 a.m., and the scene was cleared by 6 a.m.

The incident occurred on I-77 North near Vernon Odom Boulevard.

There have been a number of black bear sightings in recent months, but this is the first word of this type of incident.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife estimates the state's black bear population to be anywhere from 50 to 100 individual bears.

According to the website, an adult black bear can weigh anywhere between 150 and 700 pounds.

Akron Lt. Rick Edwards says "the bear was probably in the ballpark of 300 pounds, so it wasn't just a little cub."

According to the the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, this was the same black bear spotted in Wadsworth days earlier.

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