'Falling Bear' struck and killed by car in Colorado

tranquilized-bear-cu-independent-falling-bear-colorado-deadThe falling bear that gained fame thanks to a well-timed photo is dead. The black bear was struck by a car in the Denver-bound lanes of Colorado's Highway U.S. 36. On April 26, the bear fell from a tree after being tranquilized in an attempt to safely remove it from the University of Colorado campus.

Thanks to an ear tag, Parks and Wildlife officials were able to confirm that the 280-pound bear found on the highway was, in fact, the same bear that wandered onto the CU campus, reports the Denver Post.

"It's a bummer. It's so hard to go through this and not be able to give these bears a good place to live," says Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill. "The community sees relocating bears as a kind of perfect solution, and unfortunately it's a really difficult proposition."

Falling Bear was struck not by one, but two cars. One driver was transported to a hospital with minor injuries.

Falling Bear will be missed, but is forever immortalized in both a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

Photo/Video credit: CU Independent