Bear Sitting High Up in Tree Struck by Lightning and Killed

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It’s not just humans that are victims of lightning strikes. On Monday night, a bear in Colorado was killed when the tree it was sitting in was struck by lightning, according to wildlife officials.

Lightning doesn’t just kill people in Colorado. This tree in Woodland Park was struck by lighting late Monday night. Unfortunately, this old bear was in the tree. It died instantly. @COParksWildlife officer Tim Kroening estimates the bear weighed around 300 pounds.

The incident occurred in Woodland Park in Teller County, CO. The age of the bear was unclear, but based on his weight, he was determined to be an older bear, CPW spokesman Jason Clay told the Denver Post.

According to Clay, while it’s possible that the bear died as a result of the fall if he was located very high up in the tree, park officials are certain the strike was the cause of the bear’s death.

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