Concerns are mounting that Pedals the bipedal bear may not have survived this week's bear hunt in New Jersey.
The state Division of Fish and Wildlife said it has no information on Pedal's fate.
"While the division appreciates the concern for the bear, it has no way of verifying the identify of any bear that has not been previously tagged or had a DNA sample previously taken," the division said in a statement. "During this current bear hunt period, and in previous bear seasons, there have been multiple bears observed at different check stations with injured or missing limbs."
Bob Considine, a division spokesman, said Pedals has not been tagged by state wildlife biologists.
More than 300 bears have been killed so far in this week's bow and muzzleloader rifle hunt. A separate one-week firearms season is set for December.
Officials believe Pedals walks upright because he has injured front paws or one of them is shorter than the other because of a birth defect.