2 bears killed by vehicles

November 06, 2001

Two black bears - a mother and what was believed to be her cub - were struck and killed by vehicles in separate incidents early Sunday on Interstate 68 - the National Freeway - near Frostburg, state police reported.

Police said the female bear and a cub were attempting to cross the westbound lanes about 1 a.m. when the mother was struck by an unknown vehicle whose driver apparently did not stop. State Department of Natural Resources officials removed the dead bear.

Shortly after 5:30 a.m., police said, Sue Aldridge of Cumberland, was driving west on the highway when her Chrysler sedan struck what was believed to have been the just-orphaned cub.

Police said it probably had fled into nearby woods when the mother was hit, and returned looking for her.

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