A full-grown black bear was hit and killed on Highway 154 this Thursday, the second time a bear was fatally struck by a passing motorist this week.

The driver in today’s incident did not stop, said CHP Officer Cliff Powers, so it’s not clear when the accident occurred. The bear was discovered on the side of the road near the Rancho San Marcos Golf Course, Powers said, and Caltrans removed the body shortly before 1 p.m.

On Tuesday at around 8:30 p.m., another adult black bear was killed on Highway 154 two miles east of Lake Cachuma. The driver, who was uninjured in the collision, called authorities. Her car sustained minor damage, said Powers.


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