Photo of bear's paws from Surae Chin.
GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A young black bear got halfway across 270 southbound near Father Hurley Boulevard in Germantown around 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning and made the deadly decision to turn around.
Officer Richard Doney, Maryland Natural Resources Police told us, "That's when the bear was struck and ran into the brush behind us."
A Montgomery County police officer tracked down the bear in the woods, saw the bear in really bad shape and made the decision to put down the bear. He shot the bear in the head.
Doney said, "We observed the bear for several minutes before we dispatched it to make sure it was incapacitated. The whole back end of the bear was not moving. It was damaged so the decision was made to put it out of its misery, it was suffering."
Maryland Natural Resource Officer Richard Doney believes the yearling bear is about 70 pounds.
There have been numerous bear sightings in the area in the last month such as one in Cathy and Bill Garner's backyard on Hartley Place in Gaithersburg. The bear munched on bird seeds for half an hour.
See bear sighting PHOTOS.
Doney says at least one of the bears that has been sighted has been tagged, but they don't know if the one killed today is the same bear that kept appearing.
"Good question, we hope to find out tomorrow once wildlife takes some information off the carcass. There have been some bear sightings on Muncaster Road and Prince Orchard Road. Not sure if it's the same bear but it could be possible," stated Doney.
The Department of Natural Resources says black bear sightings are not uncommon during the summer, especially in late June and early July.
Black bears can travel on average, 50 miles a day.
According to Doney, "A lot of them are males turned away from their mothers and they're moving through the area looking for food."