Officials: Bear found dead on North Carolina State University bench was hit by car


Preliminary unofficial necropsy results show that the bear may have been hit by a vehicle, which could have been an accident.

Exactly who hit the bear is under investigation, and whoever dumped the body in the school's Brickyard area could land in serious trouble.

"You can't possess those animals outside of the hunting season," Said Capt. Matthew Long, with the Wildlife Resources Commission. "So you have the possess and transportation charge. You can't dispose of one in the manner that this one was disposed of. Littering is what comes to mind, is the simple charge."

Littering may sound strange when talking about a 200-pound animal, but the misdemeanor charge for dumping the bear's body could cost $2,000 in fines.

There is also a possibility of a felony charge of cruelty to animals, which is dependent on what the investigation turns up.  

As far as that goes, officials are still looking through surveillance video, and they are asking for information from the public.

The commission wants anyone with information, who may have seen anything out of the ordinary to call 1-800-662-7137.

Meanwhile, the bench where the bear was left has been covered with carnations and a balloon which reads "Sorry, you're under the weather."

The final necropsy report will be out early next week.

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