The summer is not starting off well for bears in Yellowstone National Park, where for the second time in less than a month a bear has been killed by a hit-and-run driver.
Yellowstone officials say the body of a female adult black bear, which was cinnamon in color and weighed nearly 150 pounds, was found in a ditch along the Grand Loop Road in the northern portion of the park.
The bear's injuries indicate she probably darted out of the forest into the road about halfway between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction and was struck by a passing vehicle, a park release said. There were no witnesses, and no accident report has been filed with rangers.
Earlier this month a male yearling grizzly was discovered dead along US Highway 191 after another unreported accident.
More than 100 large animals a year are killed in traffic accidents in Yellowstone, according to park records. Most of these accidents happen after dark, in bad weather, or
involve vehicles exceeding the speed limit.
Drivers who accidentally strike an animal in the park are asked to report the incident at the nearest ranger station.