NEW YORK – A necropsy shows a bear cub found dead under a bush in New York City's Central Park was likely hit by a motor vehicle and wasn't the victim of animal cruelty.
State wildlife officials announced the animal's cause of death Tuesday.
The lifeless black cub was spotted a day earlier by two women walking their dogs.
At first, authorities suspected animal abuse played a part.
But after lab tests, the state Department of Environmental Conservation determined the cause of death was blunt trauma consistent with a vehicle crash.
State wildlife officials say the cub was a female, about 6 months old and weighing 44 pounds.
Authorities don't know how the bear ended up in Central Park and they're still investigating.
Bears are not among the park's known wildlife population.