A Pine County man was injured Friday when his motorcycle struck a bear on Interstate 35.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that Edmund Hanson, 48, of Brook Park was traveling north on I-35 near Pine City at about 5 p.m. Friday when he struck the bear. Hanson, who was wearing full protective gear, flew off the 2003 Kawasaki motorcycle, authorities said.

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He was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn., but the Patrol reported that his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The bear was killed in the crash, authorities said.