A bear struck by a car and killed early Wednesday morning on Interstate 4 in Seminole County was moved from alongside the highway to a wooded area, wildlife officials said on Thursday.

The adult male bear, which weighed about 125 pounds, was hit around 1 a.m. on eastbound I-4 near State Road 434 on Wednesday

According to Seminole County deputies, a woman driving on I-4 struck the bear and pulled off at a nearby rest area.  She was not injured in the crash.

Wildlife officials said bear mating season began recently, so the animals are more prone to roam.

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