CRIME

Bear cub found under bush in Central Park was likely killed by a car, not from animal cruelty

  • Florence Slatkin, with her dog Paco, points to the spot where she and a friend discovered a dead bear cub Monday in New York's Central Park, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Slatkin, a longtime resident of the Upper West Side, said that they were leaving the park when her friend's terrier spotted something near a bicycle lying on the ground. The cub's head was on top of the back bicycle wheel, Slatkin said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Florence Slatkin, with her dog Paco, points to the spot where she and a friend discovered a dead bear cub Monday in New York's Central Park, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. Slatkin, a longtime resident of the Upper West Side, said that they were leaving the park when her friend's terrier spotted something near a bicycle lying on the ground. The cub's head was on top of the back bicycle wheel, Slatkin said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • Florence Slatkin walks her dog Paco on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, adjacent to the spot, behind the barrier at left, where she and a friend discovered a dead bear cub Monday in New York's Central Park. Slatkin, a longtime resident of the Upper West Side, said that they were leaving the park when her friend's terrier spotted something near a bicycle lying on the ground. The cub's head was on top of the back bicycle wheel, Slatkin said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Florence Slatkin walks her dog Paco on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, adjacent to the spot, behind the barrier at left, where she and a friend discovered a dead bear cub Monday in New York's Central Park. Slatkin, a longtime resident of the Upper West Side, said that they were leaving the park when her friend's terrier spotted something near a bicycle lying on the ground. The cub's head was on top of the back bicycle wheel, Slatkin said. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • A worker from the Central Park Conservancy removes barriers, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, from the area, right, where a dead bear cub was discovered Monday in New York's Central Park. Florence Slatkin, a longtime resident of the Upper West Side, said that she and a friend were leaving the park when her friend's terrier spotted something near a bicycle lying on the ground. The Bronx Zoo is performing a necropsy to determine how the 3-foot cub died. It wasn't clear what type of bear it was. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    A worker from the Central Park Conservancy removes barriers, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, from the area, right, where a dead bear cub was discovered Monday in New York's Central Park. Florence Slatkin, a longtime resident of the Upper West Side, said that she and a friend were leaving the park when her friend's terrier spotted something near a bicycle lying on the ground. The Bronx Zoo is performing a necropsy to determine how the 3-foot cub died. It wasn't clear what type of bear it was. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

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.