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A black bear is dead after it was struck by a motorcyclist near the town of Pillager. 

The crash happened just before 2 p.m. on County Road 34 north of Pillager, which is located in central Minnesota near the Brainerd Lakes Area. According to Pillager Area Fire & Rescue, the motorcyclist suffered significant road rash and a broken wrist. 

Authorities initially called for a medical helicopter but it was canceled, with the motorcyclist taken to the hospital in Staples by ambulance. 

The motorcyclist, who has not been identified, was not wearing a helmet, according to authorities.  

The bear died from its injuries at the the scene. 

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