MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities are telling residents in the northwest metro to be on alert after a dead black bear was found on a road.

The Corcoran Police Department responded at about 7:23 a.m. Sunday to a report of a possible hit bear near the intersection of County Road 10 and Maple Hill Road. When an officer arrived, he found a dead black bear that was 2 to 3 years old weighing about 200 pounds.

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Authorities say the bear had been hit by a car sometime during the night. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was called to the scene.

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Authorities say bear sightings are not common in Corcoran. If you see a bear on your property, do not approach it. Bears typically avoid people, but sometimes come into contact with them when trying to get access to garbage cans or bird feeders.

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Corcoran police say the bear’s hide will be used for educational purposes for the department’s Firearms Safety Program.