DOOLY CO., GA (WALB) - Investigators believe an 18-wheeler hit and killed a bear early Friday morning on Interstate 75 in Dooly County.
It happened around 7 a.m. near exit 109 in Vienna.
Department of Natural Resources Game Warden Clint Martin said whatever hit the bear was not there when law enforcement responded to the call about the bear on the side of the road.
That's why they believe it was a tractor-trailer.
"Evidently, it did not affect the truck whatsoever, because whatever vehicle hit it, kept continuing on down the interstate," Martin explained. "If it was a smaller vehicle, it would have definitely made an impact."
According to Martin, it's not very common for people to see bears in that area.
In fact, DNR only gets about two or three bear sightings in Dooly County each year.
Martin said bears get hit by vehicles in that area only about once every ten years.
There is an established bear population in Central Georgia by the Ocmulgee River, according to Martin, but there are only a few stray bears that pass through the Dooly County area every once in a while.
Martin said a local farmer was there along with the Dooly County Sheriff's Office, so they had enough hands to help get the bear off the road to avoid any other traffic problems.