TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey black bear that walked upright on its hind legs due to an injury, and became a social media darling, is believed to be dead.
Officials with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on Monday said they believed the bipedal bear nicknamed Pedals had been killed by a hunter. The state’s first expanded black bear hunt in more than 30 years ended on Saturday.
Rumors surfaced online over the weekend that Pedals had been killed in the six-day hunt.
On Monday, the department released pictures showing the lifeless body of a black bear with injured paws, just like the ones Pedals had.
Most Read Stories
- Seattle just broke a 122-year-old record for rain — because of course it did
- Seattle area home-price hikes lead the U.S. again; even century-old homes commanding top dollar
- Texas football player’s story prompts probe of Garfield High School recruitment
- Is Seattle a target for a North Korean nuclear attack? Well, not quite yet, insiders say
- Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch agrees to contract with Raiders, is traded to Oakland in exchange of 2018 draft picks
The department says it can’t confirm the identity of the bear, because Pedals was never tagged.
The bear was often captured on video strolling around New Jersey neighborhoods.