A reported panther Saturday morning on the side of Rt. 460 turned out to be a black bear.
Nottoway Sheriff’s Office received a call from a County employee who had ridden by the dead animal just west of Rt. 153, saying it was bigger than a dog and appeared to have feline features.
Sheriff Robert Jones said that earlier in the morning, one of his deputies had been patrolling 460 at approximately 7:00 a.m. and had observed in that same location a small, dead black bear, which the Sheriff said appeared to have been struck by a vehicle.