published Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Three bears struck by vehicles in a single day in Knoxville area

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    This black bear was spotted about 6:40 a.m. Thursday on Kirby Road near Lonas Drive, by a Knoxville Police Department officer. The bear is suspected of being one of the three struck by vehicles over a 24-hour period.
    Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A black bear was struck and killed Friday afternoon near Cosby, officials said.

This was the third bear struck in a single day in the Knoxville area, officials said.

According to Great Smoky Mountains National Park spokeswoman Dana Soehn, the bear was struck while crossing U.S. 321 near Jack’s Market between Pittman Center and Cosby.

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