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Dead Bear At N.C. State Was Hit By A Car

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Authorities now say a dead bear left on a bench in a popular area on the N.C. State campus had been hit by a car, not shot. (Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images)

Authorities now say a dead bear left on a bench in a popular area on the N.C. State campus had been hit by a car, not shot. (Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — State officials say the black bear found dead on a bench on the North Carolina State University campus was apparently hit by a car and had not been shot.

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission spokesman Geoff Cantrell said the results of a preliminary unofficial necropsy indicated the bear was hit by a vehicle. The commission said it would release more information after receiving the necropsy report.

Cantrell said the adult male bear was in good health when it died.

N.C. State Police Maj. David Kelly says the roughly 200-pound bear was found by a groundskeeper early Tuesday in the Brickyard, an open gathering space in front of the central library. Kelly says the animal was dead before it was left on campus.

Photos of the dead bear were posted on social media before it was removed.

Campus police are trying to find out who placed the dead bear on a campus bench.

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