Dead bear found along highway near Kansas town

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Credit: Michael Newmon/Facebook Credit: Michael Newmon/Facebook

A man found a young bear that had apparently been struck and killed on a highway near the Kansas/Oklahoma state line.

Michael Newmon posted two photos of the bear on Facebook Monday morning. He found it along Highway 56 just over a mile west of Elkhart. His post has been shared more than 1,900 times.

Marc Murrell, director of the Great Plains Nature Center, said it's uncommon for bears to make their way into Kansas and Oklahoma, but it's not unprecedented. He said the bear carcass that was found Monday appeared to be a young black bear in a blonde or cinnamon phase.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says on its website that "a transient black bear will sporadically appear in the southeast or southwest corner of the state, but there is no evidence of an established wild population living in Kansas."

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