COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- FWC has located two black bear cubs involved in a crash this morning on southbound I-75, one mile south of CR-846 (Immokalee Rd.). A 285-lb. female black bear was hit and killed, just before one of the cubs was struck, but both cubs took off into the Wilshire Lakes development at Fairhaven Lane.
The cubs were found on the 6000 block of Shallows Drive, and one was euthanized, due to the extent of its injuries, according to FWC.
The uninjured cub was scared away from the neighborhood. A FWC biologist says that cub will be fine on his own.
The accident happened at 5:30 a.m. when the female bear attempted to cross the highway without warning and was hit by a Ford Mustang. The driver, 56-year-old Michael Bradford, sustained minor injuries. His passenger, 52-year-old Pamela Bradford also suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to Physicians Regional for treatment. The female bear continued to enter the median, crawled under the cable barrier, and succumbed to her injuries.
Afterward, a 200-lb. black bear cub also attempted to cross the highway without warning and was hit in the head by a Toyota Corolla. No one in that vehicle was injured. The cub then traveled west onto the west shoulder, rejoined another cub, and crossed the berm into the Wilshire Lakes.
Southbound traffic backed up and three secondary rear-end collisions occurred.
A FWC biologist responded to remove the dead female bear. The two cubs were at large in the area for several hours.