- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

POULSBO, Wash. (AP) - The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy shot and killed a young bear after it was struck by car near Poulsbo.

Deputy Scott Wilson says a report came in at about 8:45 p.m. Monday that a white sport-utility vehicle had struck and wounded the animal, described as about 150 pounds. The responding deputy called a supervisor for permission to shoot the bear because it was suffering, and then put it down with a single shot from his service weapon.

The sheriff’s office subsequently received a call from the mother of the 18-year-old man who had been driving the SUV. She reported that he was shaken up but not injured, and that he didn’t stay at the scene to call 911 because his cell phone was dead.

The boy said the bear darted out from the woods, and there was no way he could avoid it because there was a car coming in the opposite direction.

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