A black bear was put down by Anchorage police Tuesday night after it was struck by a vehicle.


Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said a Jeep Patriot was driving westbound on O’Malley Road near Commodore Drive just before 10 p.m. when the bear stepped out into the roadway in front of the vehicle.


“The driver did not have time to react before hitting the bear,” she said in an email to KTVA. “The bear was severely injured which required the officer to dispatch it.”


Police removed the bear from the area and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game took possession of its carcass, according to Oistad.


Fish and Game spokesman Dave Battle said the department received the carcass around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, too late to safely harvest the meat for donation to a food bank. He said the hide would be available for purchase at the Hide and Horn Auction at Fur Rendezvous on Feb. 26, 2017. The auction’s proceeds go to the Department of Fish and Game.


Oistad said the driver remained at the scene and was cited for not having proof of insurance.


KTVA 11’s Daniella Rivera and Shannon Riddle contributed to this report.