Bibb County deputies responded to a report of a large dead bear on westbound Interstate 16 shortly after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Officers on the scene estimated it was about 600 pounds and apparently had been hit by a vehicle that left the scene, said Lt. Sean DeFoe, public information officer for the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
“There’s a lot of wildlife in that wooded area,” DeFoe said. “You have a lot of creeks and streams out there.”
The carcass was on the side of the road just outside the Twiggs County line near Mile Marker 8, he said.
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Deputies called Georgia Department of Transportation crews to remove it shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday.
They also notified the Department of Natural Resources, DeFoe said.