DESERT HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Police say a driver struck a bear that was later euthanized in Riverside County.

Desert Hot Springs police found the injured bear around 3 a.m. Friday. Sgt. Gus Paiz says there were broken car parts such as a bumper all around the bear. Animal experts tranquilized, examined then euthanized the bear because of severe injuries.

Desert Hot Springs is about 100 miles east of Los Angeles.

Riverside County Animal Services officers say they believe the motorist drove off without alerting authorities.

The law in California requires drivers to stop if they strike an animal, calling for help so the animal gets immediate help. Paiz says drivers are also law-bound to remain at the scene of an accident.

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Comments (7)
  1. CommonSense says:

    What a piece of garbage! I hope they find that driver and charge him. Shame on them.

  2. Oscar says:

    I second that motion!!!!!!!!

  3. Choctaw says:

    What’s the matter with you “Common Sense”? The driver didn’t go off-roading looking for something to kill and wreck his car on! These wild animals walk onto roadways all the time. Sometimes with deadly consequences.
    “Common Sense” – NOT!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Jaime says:

    Choctaw….the issue isn’t whether the driver was out looking to intentionally hurt someone or something, rather this coward struck an animal and left it to suffer. We aren’t talking a small rabbit, but a good size bear! Common Sense, I agree!!! People need to wise up and make better choices. That poor bear was left to suffer at the stupidty of a driver who lacked compassion!

  5. K says:

    To Choctaw: Your handle is interesting to me. I am a Choctaw and was thoroughly taught by my Father and Great Grandparents in our beliefs and traditions.
    It is the Choctaw belief that killing an animal is fine, if it is accidental or you are hunting and intend to eat it, BUT to make or leave an animal suffer is considered an abomination.
    And yes, its true animals on the road do cause a lot of damage, still it is irresponsible to not at least make an anonymous call.

  6. Chrys says:


    Plus, this idiot was most certainly speeding – another crime. People who actually obey the law are much less likely to hurt or kill people & animals.

    Interesting that this is the law in CA – I wasn’t aware of that. I see animals lying dead from cars all the time and it doesn’t appear that the idiot drivers ever stopped. I’ve seen people hit by cars, too. Same thing.

    Ego is behind this. These losers think they can do as they please and no one will hold them accountable.

    I hope this driver gets caught.

  7. YellowHawk says:

    Dear Animals of the Earth, Forgive humans for they know not what they do…Their intelligence lowered after evolving from monkeys so basically they have no common sense or morality…..perhaps, someday that person will be hit by someone of similar intelligence and be left to die a slow death. Dear Animals of the Earth, perhaps one day, your moment in time will come………..

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