A bear was struck by a car in Montgomery County on Interstate 270, near Father Hurley Boulevard, just after 9 a.m. Sunday morning, police said.
No motorists were injured, officials said, but the bear had to be put down by the police due to the extent of its injuries. Police said the bear did not weigh more than 150 pounds.
The Department of Natural Resources was expected to pick up the remains of the bear, police said.
Bear sightings are not uncommon during the summer months, officials from the department of Natural Resources said in June when a bear was spotted in Gaithersburg. Later in the month, a bear found roaming the streets of northwest Washington was captured and released into the wild.
Summer is when mother bears kick their cubs out of the nest to find homes of their own, and these bears can wander up to 100 miles in their search, according to officials.