Troopers cite pickup driver who impaled bear, drove home

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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 said Thomas Willis struck a large back bear on the Glacier Highway on April 29. 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 said 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.