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UDPATE: Car May Have Hit Black Bear on the Loose in Springdale

SPRINGDALE, AR-- A black bear on the loose Wednesday may have been hit by a car, according to police.
Springdale Police shared this picture of the bear on their Facebook page.
Springdale Police shared this picture of the bear on their Facebook page.
Officers from Springdale and Arkansas Game and Fish searched the areaafter a bear was reported.
Officers from Springdale and Arkansas Game and Fish searched the areaafter a bear was reported.
UPDATE:  Springdale police confirm a man was involved in a car accident with what he thought to be a black bear.

Police say it happened around 10:00pm this evening when a man called police saying he hit what appeared to be a black bear at Don Tyson Parkway and 48th street.

The man says the bear ran into the woods and appeared to be unharmed. Police have asked Arkansas game and fish to relaunch their search for the black bear.

Around 3:30 this afternoon multiple people reported seeing a black bear near Tyson Headquarters.

Police and Game and Fish officers spotted the bear before it ran into the woods. Game and Fish officials maintain the bear is not a threat to humans.

We'll continue to bring you information as we get it.

Original Story:

SPRINGDALE, AR-- A black bear was spotted in a Springdale business area.

Lt. Derek Hudson with Springdale police said they received a report from a person passing by the area that a 120 pound bear was at Johnson Road near Tyson headquarters. 

Officers with Game and Fish were called to the scene to search for the animal. 

Around 5:30p.m., police called the search off.  They said the animal most likely entered a nearby heavily wooded area and is out of harm's way.  Arkansas Game and Fish said no one was ever in any danger.  They explained bear sighting can be more common this time of year, as the animals look for places to hibernate. UDPATE: Car May Have Hit Black Bear on the Loose in Springdale


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