A 42-year-old Florida man is dead after colliding with a bear while riding his motorcycle, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.
The report says the incident happened night in Marion County on State Road 40, just west of US-19 around 11 p.m.
Troopers say the Ocala man was traveling westbound when the front of his motorcycle struck a bear that was in the westbound lane.
The bike then overturned onto its left side, and the driver was ejected.
FHP says the driver was not wearing a helmet. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The report does not give the identity of the motorcycle driver nor any details about the condition of the animal.