Jim Daugherty with The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said a female black bear was hit by a motorist trying to cross the interstate.
Daugherty said the accident happened I-65 north bound between exits 13 and 15. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources office removed and disposed of the carcass.
Daugherty said black bears are fairly common to this area.
The bear that died this morning was approximately 200 lbs. Daugherty said that while these bears are common, they are a protected species. That means it is illegal to hunt them or harm them.
Daugherty said that incidents like this morning’s do occur and usually there are no charges placed on folks if they accidentally hit one.