Bear in Winhall euthanized

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WINHALL — A bear was euthanized after being hit by a vehicle.

"The landowner said it had been there that morning crawling across the lawn," said Forrest Hammond, bear biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. "We tracked her down and euthanized her."

Hammond said he believes the bear in Winhall was hit on Tuesday, within 24 hours of a similar incident occurring in Dover.

Both bears were seeking food and left behind cubs, which local authorities are looking to capture with large traps meant to reduce injuries to animals. The goal is to bring the cubs to Kilham Bear Center in Lyme, N.H., which rehabilitates bears and releases them back into the wild.

Hammond said as of about 4 p.m. Thursday, three cubs being sought in Dover had not been found yet. Two of the three cubs in Winhall had been captured on two successive nights.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com and at @CMaysBR on Twitter.

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