Steamboat Springs A large male black bear was hit and killed by a car Tuesday night.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins estimated the bear weighed between 400 and 500 pounds.
Steamboat Springs Police Department Sgt. Rich Brown said they learned during the day Wednesday who hit the bear. The 20-year-old male driver reported it was because he needed to get his car towed and could not get it towed without reporting the accident to police.
Brown said they think the driver had consumed alcohol.
The driver was ticketed for failing to report the accident and for underage consumption of alcohol.
The accident occurred at the westbound off ramp at South Lincoln Avenue and Mount Werner Road.
Brown said the driver said the bear ran in front of his Subaru station wagon, which suffered severe front-end damage.
Haskins said they were able to salvage the bear’s hide. It will be sold during an auction in the spring.
Moving the heavy bear and skinning the hide was no easy task.
“It made for an interesting three or four hours,” Haskins said.
Haskins said many bears have been hit by cars in that area of town before.
The bears will cross the highway while going between the Yampa River area and the Central Park Plaza shopping center.
“There are some dumpsters over there they like to hit,” Haskins said.
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