Bear struck by vehicle on California freeway near mountains

LA VERNE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a bear has been struck by a vehicle while crossing a Los Angeles-area freeway near mountains.

California Highway Patrol Officer Stephan Brandt says the animal managed to limp to the shoulder after being hit Monday morning on Interstate 210.

Television news footage showed the bear on the ground in bushes bordering a housing development in the foothill suburb of La Verne.

The CHP has closed a nearby onramp and streets.

Brandt says wildlife officers have been called to evaluate the animal and treat it for any injuries.

He says the motorist who struck the bear returned to the scene.

It’s common for bears to wander down into the foothills from the San Gabriel Mountains, which parallel the freeway.

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