May 4, 2012

Daily Camera
Two cars on Thursday struck and killed the Colorado bear who was photographed in mid-air. The black bear was wandering on a highway near Boulder, Colo., where it achieved fame via a viral photograph by University of Colorado student Andy Duann last week. Duann took the remarkable photo while the bear, who was tranquilized by police as it occupied a campus tree, fell onto a mat ringed by law enforcement officers.

The picture inspired a copyright battle and eventually led the university to change its policy of demanding ownership of student journalists’ work.

A spokesperson for Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife department told the Daily Camera’s Joe Rubino the bear was tagged after its famous fall, making positive identification possible. Neither of the cars’ drivers was seriously hurt in the crash.

Previously: Student’s photo of bear falling from tree goes viral | Student photographer says he’s considering legal action against school for falling bear photo | Lawyer: Student likely owns falling bear photo, not newspaper | University acknowledges that student Andy Duann retains copyright to falling bear photo | University of Colorado will no longer demand copyright from students

On his Facebook page, the bear left this note:

I took my last fall early yesterday morning. 🙁 But I’m in a better place now – it wasn’t easy being a living internet meme!

Love always,

Falling Bear

Photo courtesy of Andy Duann
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Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City…
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