09/18/2014 03:05 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:59 EDT

2 Alberta Grizzly Bear Cubs Killed On Trans-Canada Highway

Two grizzly bear cubs have been killed in a collision on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Calgary.

Alberta Parks says the bears died early Wednesday morning near Dead Man's Flats, aftering wandering onto the busy highway.

The department says a wildlife fence in the area that's designed to prevent animals from crossing the road had been taken down for repairs after last year's flood, leaving an approximate 150-metre gap for the bears to access the highway.

Tim Chamberlin, a department spokesman, says the fence was about a week away from being completed.

He says it's unfortunate because the cubs were killed about a kilometre from where a wildlife underpass is located.

The driver who struck the cubs did not stop.

Now officials are trying to locate the cubs' mother, who has not been seen since the accident.

Chamberlin told the Banff Crag and Canyon that wildlife cameras would be put in the area, to aid in finding the uncollared sow.

He's reminding drivers to be aware that wildlife could be on the roads during the late summer and early autumn, and to keep to the speed limit during the dusk and dawn hours.

The cubs' deaths mark the second and third grizzlies killed in the area in the past week and a half, after a large male bear was struck in the Jumpingpound Creek area last week, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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