SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. -

Just after 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the California Highway Patrol responded to reports of a deceased bear.

The animal was found on the eastbound side of Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County near the Rancho San Marcos Golf Course.

Animal Control was called to remove the bear. Animal Rescue Team Executive Director Julia Di Sieno said this is a California black bear.

The cause of the bear's death is under investigation.

Slideshow: Bear found dead on Highway 154 (Graphic Images)

POSTED: 12:29 PM PDT Aug 08, 2013    UPDATED: 12:34 PM PDT Aug 08, 2013 

Bear found dead on Highway 154. Warning: this slideshow contains graphic images

Bear found dead on Highway 154
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