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Big WV Bear Hit on Interstate!

April 16th, 2008

Black BearI’ve been out of town for a couple of days, but when I got back today I was surprised to find a story about a huge bear killed on I-64 just outside of Lewisburg, WV.  Corporal Barry Kaiser of the WV DNR said that this was the largest bear that he has seen in 29 years in the DNR.

The bear was hit by a vehicle sometime last Friday morning.  It weighed in at 397 lbs, and 262 lbs field dressed.  It measured 7 feet in length from head to toe.   I can’t imagine hitting something like that with a car.  It would be very close to hitting a pony (which happened right outside our front door one day while I lived in Vermont).

Anytime you start seeing animals hit on the road, you know that the numbers are growing well.  The number of bears in our state is increasing greatly, which is a great success story for us.  Bears are flourishing in most of the state, and even in areas that national media has reported as being “destroyed” and refutes the claims that their habitat is being consumed.  Last year, over 1800 bears were taken by hunters, which set a new record for the state.

If you want to see a bit more about this bear, read the article in the Beckley Register Herald.  One thing that caught my eye in the article is something that builds the stereotype of my great state of WV:

The bear was skinned and processed at Bluegrass Meat in Caldwell and its meat will be donated to Williamsburg’s annual bear dinner held each spring, Kaiser said.

That’s right folks.  A road killed bear was sent to the meat processor for the purpose of butchering it to be used for an upscale annual bear dinner.  Come on…admit it…who has taken roadkill, butchered it, and put it in their freezer?  I know I have!

8 Responses to “Big WV Bear Hit on Interstate!”

  1. We have deer meat from three separate deer in our freezer right now – all of them are labeled by how they were taken – one says rifle, one says bow, one says roadkill… My husband really enjoys bear meat, I’ve only had it once and can’t remember what it tastes like 🙂

  2. That’s a big bear! I bet the vehicle had some damage.

  3. One big bear there! Remember last year that bears were everywhere especially where you would least expect them. Be careful folks.

  4. That is a big bear! I hadn’t heard about that happening. A friend gave us some bear meat. I cooked steaks in gravy, and it was pretty good.

  5. That is one big bear. I couldn’t imagine hitting that thing with your car. Hopefully that person is okay.

    We lived on a busy road just outside of town when I was growing up and constantly we would have people hitting deer in front of the house on their way to work. Of course they didn’t want to take the time to take the deer with them so my brother would always kill and have the police come out and give us a permit. Meat is meat. I will have to say though that some road kills I wouldn’t even think about processing.

  6. mark johnson Says:
    October 1st, 2008 at 6:57 am

    yea thats a big bear..but, its not the biggest WV black bear by all means, 2 years ago my nephew harvested a monster weighing in at 586lbs(field dressed) and standing well over 7ft..the bear had been tagged and had a transmitter..he was labeled as a nuisance bear.. the bear was taken in kanawha county..

  7. The bear in the photo is much larger than the weight they provided for the bear hit by the car. But I must say even 362lbs is huge.

  8. Excuse me 397lbs*

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