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.