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Jun 17, 2010 12:25 PM

Berea Couple Hits Black Bear With Car In Richmond City Limits

A Berea couple who had just bought a new car say they hit a 300-pound black bear in the Richmond city limit Wednesday.

The incident happened on US 25 between Duncannon Lane and the Bypass. Tammy Martin said she and her husband, Gary, had just bought the car and were driving home from the dealership when the bear bolted out onto the road in front of them.

"We both kept saying that is a bear, that is a bear," said Martin. "And (it) just tore up my new car that I just bought."

Martin says they were driving the Nissan Altima at about 40 MPH when they hit the bear, which rolled over the hood and took off running towards the woods, seemingly a little hurt.

Martin said the encounter will cost them about $4,300 for a car they had owned for about an hour.

Fish and Wildlife officials tell LEX 18 black bears are most active this time of year because it's breeding season. If you see a black bear in an area it shouldn't be in, call 1-800-858-1549.

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