Mississippi officials say a black bear was struck and killed by a vehicle in Newton County on Memorial Day.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife says a vehicle traveling east on Highway 80 hit the 168-pound animal when it ran out of the woods. The driver was not injured.
Wildlife officials say that while black bears are not common in east central Mississippi, there are a few of them around.
In the lower two-thirds of Mississippi the black bear is listed as a Federally Threatened Species and it is classified as Endangered throughout the state under Mississippi statute. As such, it is illegal to intentionally kill or harass a black bear.
The bear killed Monday night was taken to MDWFP's Museum of Natural Science to be used for research and education.