Bear cub euthanized after being hit by car in Jefferson County

Lyon Bear is in the care of Appalachian Bear Rescue after being hit by a car / Source: (ABR)

(WVLT) — A bear was euthanized after being hit by a car in Jefferson County, according to the Appalachian Bear Rescue.

The bear, dubbed Lyon Bear by the organization, was transported to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine by the TWRA. Caretakers said the male bear weighed just over 50 pounds and did not have any broken bones, but he did not improve over the night.

ABR announced that Lyon Bear was incapable of movement on Thursday afternoon. A team from UT checked on Lyon Bear and determined he wouldn't improve.

"The difficult decision to humanely end Lyon's suffering was made. He's now free of pain and at peace."

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"Thank you for your kind comments," said ABR. "Lyon can't read them but we can and they make all the difference."

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