Grizzly bear struck by car traveling 60 mph; Bear completely fine

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Alberta Park staff examine Bear 164. Credit: Alberta Environmental and Parks

In late July a grizzly bear trying to cross a highway near Banff National Park was struck by a car traveling an estimated 60 mph.

Environmental ecologist John Paczowski, told Global News that because of the speed the car was travelling and the damage the car sustained, experts were sure the accident would kill the bear.

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Damage to vehicle from collision with Bear 164. Credit: Alberta Environment and Parks

The bear, which was collared for research is known to scientist as “Bear 164”.

They were on standby for a “mortality” signal from the collar, but one never came.

In fact, a few days after the accident, Bear 164 was spotted walking around with a slight limp.

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Bear 164 was given “breathing room” for more than two weeks, but on August 16, scientist tranquilized him for more thorough examination.

“He was in great shape with no sign of visible external injury,” Paczowski told Global News. “I was expecting to see some sort of scarring or maybe some broken ribs or bones.”

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Alberta Park staff examine Bear 164. Credit: Alberta Environmental and Parks

Paczowski described the bears condition as astonishing.

Bear 164’s story

Bear 164 is about seven years old. He was collared in June 2016 and scientist say he has doubled in weight to about 297 pounds since he was collared.

The average lifespan of a make grizzly is 22 years for a male and 26 for a female. Adult male grizzlies weigh on average 400-790 pounds.

For those curious, you can track “Bear 164” movements with the radio collar map below.

Paczowski said the grizzly doesn’t make himself visible around communities.

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