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Monday, January 23, 2012

0 DEATHS By Flying Bear, CANADA

A “flying bear” killed two Canadians instantly when a freak car accident propelled the black bear through the front windshield of a second vehicle.

A car slammed into the black bear at night on a rural Quebec highway about 25 miles north of Ottawa, the Canadian capital.

The 200 kg (440-pound) bear was thrown into the air and hit a SUV travelling in the opposite direction, smashing through the SUV’s front windshield and then out the back window.

The driver of the SUV, a 25-year-old Ottawa woman, died at the scene, as was a passenger, Steven Leon, 40, of Gatineau, Quebecsitting behind her. But the driver’s boyfriend, sitting in the front passenger seat, escaped with only minor injuries.
Steve was one of the best drummers,” said Leon’s Road Worthy bandmate, Steve Mackey. “It’s going to be a sad loss for his family and for all of us.” The dead woman’s family did not wish for her name to be released
The two occupants of the first car that hit the bear were not hurt. The bear was killed on impact.

Police said that the car, a Pontiac Sunfire, was lower to the ground than the SUV and had a more aerodynamic design, and may have propelled the male bear up into the air and into the other lane.

While deer and moose are regularly seen on roads in rural Canada, and collisions with cars are relatively common, it is unusual for bears to wander onto a highway.
"Obviously, it's something really rare," local police spokesman Martin Fournel said. "We don't see that often, even if we live in the country. Lots of deer, but collisions with a bear and two people died? That's really rare."

A local hunting guide told the CBC that it is bear mating season, and warned drivers to be careful because the males go roaming outside their territory to look for female bears in heat.

It was later stated that:
A bear’s maternal instincts were to blame for the fatal crash, according to a wildlife collision expert.
Gayle Hesse of the Wildlife Collision Prevention Program said the black bear who wandered on to the highway around 10:30 p.m., leading to the death of two people, was trying to feed its cubs.

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