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Mother bear killed by vehicle near Helena, cubs found

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Orphaned black bear cubs rescued near Rogers Pass. (Photo courtesy of Fish Wildlife and Parks) Orphaned black bear cubs rescued near Rogers Pass. (Photo courtesy of Fish Wildlife and Parks)
HELENA -

A vehicle hit and killed a black bear on Highway 200 near Rogers Pass on Tuesday afternoon.

Montana game wardens were searching for the mother's two young cubs and found them Wednesday.

“We located their den and found both cubs in it,” said Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Warden Brady Murphy.

The cubs are just a couple of months old. Murphy estimated that each cub weighed about five pounds. 

The cubs will be taken to Fish Wildlife and Park's wildlife center in Helena.

The mother bear was killed near mile marker 93 just east of Rogers Pass.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

Capt. Brent Colbert of the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office confirmed the incident on Tuesday evening.

The black bear sow died at the scene. Her two cubs ran from the area.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks was informed and will remove the carcass, according to Colbert.

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