Florida Man Killed In Accident With Bear

Florida Fish and Wildlife, Bear Hunting Magazine

A motorcycle/bear accident on March 2, 2010 claimed the life of a motorcyclist, 51, when a black bear ran out in front of his motorcycle causing him to lose control on County Road 42 near Southeast 284 Terrace, according to Florida Highway patrol.

The bear ran out from the nearby woods on the north side of the roadway and into the path of the man's motorcycle, causing him to lose control.

Troopers said the man, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the bike during the accident. He was taken by ambulance to Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, where he was pronounced dead. The bear left the scene, and it was not known what injuries the animal sustained. Officials said it was hit on its left side.

The mans wife, who was riding another motorcycle behind him, was not injured.

Susan Carroll-Douglas, a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said it's rare for a bear-vehicle collision to result in a human death.

However, bear deaths from crashes in Marion County average about two a month, and four bears have been reported killed so far this year.

In the FWC's 12-county Northeast Region, which includes Marion County, Carroll-Douglas said bear deaths have ranged from 80 to 115 a year.

Last year was the worst on record, with 115 bears killed in the region.

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