Aster bear treated by ABR hit and killed by car

Sept. 7, 2016: A bear rescued, treated and released by Appalachian Bear Rescue died after it was hit by a car this week.

A bear rescued, treated and released by Appalachian Bear Rescue was killed by a car just two miles from where she had been hit before.

Aster bear first came to the Townsend rescue group in September 2015 after she was hit by a car on Highway 321.

ABR treated Aster, and she was released back into the wild in December 2015.

She was hit by another car on the same highway Tuesday. ABR was able to confirm it was the same bear by a GPS collar she was wearing.

ABR said Aster bear was rushed to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine where doctors worked most of the evening to save her. However, the bear had too much internal organ damage and internal bleeding.

ABR notified supporters of the incident on Wednesday.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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