VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia -- A bear is dead after being hit by a car in Virginia Beach early Wednesday morning.

Authorities received the call in the 600 block of Oceana Boulevard just after 3 a.m., according to the Virginia Beach Police Department.

The bear was walking in the middle of the road when it was struck.

The animal suffered severe injuries to his head and had to be put down, police said. The driver of the vehicle was not harmed.

Animal control officials estimate the bear was a young bear, around 2 years old, and weighed about 200 pounds.

This is the third bear that Virginia Beach authorities have had to deal with in the past two weeks. Two others were captured and released.

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