Troopers cite Juneau pickup driver who impaled bear, drove home

JUNEAU — A 25-year-old Juneau driver who impaled a black bear with his pickup and drove home two miles was cited last week for not immediately informing authorities that he had struck a big game animal.

Alaska State Troopers say Thomas Willis on April 29 struck a large back bear on the Glacier Highway. The bear was impaled on the truck’s front tow hook.

Willis kept driving. The next day, he spotted the bear sticking out from the front of his truck.

Willis told troopers he couldn’t move it and they helped dislodge the bear.

Investigators say the meat and hide could not be salvaged because of the distance the bear had been dragged and the time that had elapsed. Online court documents did not list an attorney for Willis.

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