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“To Honor the Animal” After hitting a bear, man goes the distance to see life not wasted


photo from passing motorist

The bear hit on Cove Road October 20th.

“What do you want to do with her?” was a question that initially perplexed Jim Pickett after running over a bear on Cove Road mid-morning Saturday, Oct. 20th.

Pickett, who was almost back home after dropping his wife off at work, said he had never even vaguely considered what to do with a bear carcass, like one he was suddenly responsible for.

The driver had been pretty sure the bear was killed almost instantly on the section of Cove Road just east of Dollar General, and with Pickett recovering from foot surgery he had his truck’s On-Star system report the accident while he directed traffic around the carcass laying in a shady area.

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