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Wildlife officials search for carcass of bear killed on I-70

Julie Sutor
Summit County Correspondent
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

FRISCO, Colorado – Wildlife officials are looking for the body of a bear struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday on Interstate 70 near Frisco.

The Division of Wildlife received a report of the killed bear in the late morning. When officials arrived to retrieve it at about 1 p.m., the carcass was missing. The incident took place at mile marker 201.8.

Passersby reporting seeing the driver of a white, flatbed tow truck pick the animal up and remove it from the scene.

“We would like to talk to any individuals who have information on the whereabouts of the bear,” said Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton. “Someone may have been picking it up to remove it from the highway, but they have not contacted us.”

Wildlife officials are looking for any information that might help them recover the bear, including the name of the tow truck company or the truck’s driver.

“People can’t just keep any animal they find on the side of the road. With bears, there are federal requirements that need to be met. We need to know where the animal is and what’s going on with it,” Hampton said.

The Division of Wildlife has specific protocols for disposing of bears and other animals struck by vehicles. Furthermore, it is illegal to possess certain bear organs, and typically, people are not allowed to keep trophy animals they have not legally hunted.

Anyone with information connected to the bear’s whereabouts can call the Division of Wildlife’s Hot Sulphur Springs office at (970) 725-6200.

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