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Last weekend, an endangered black bear was tragically killed in a car accident in West Texas, but the animal’s death won’t be in vain.

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The bear was hit in in Sanderson, a town about five hours west of San Antonio, on Saturday.

After the accident, Texas parks biologists at the Trans-Pecos Wildlife District in Alpine skinned the bear to use its skin and skull for educational purposes, according to the agency’s Facebook post. The 320-pound bear’s genetic material will be sent for analysis.


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In Texas, two types of black bears exist — Mexican and New Mexican — and both are on the endangered species list.

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