Bear With a Jar on Its Head Captured, Released Unharmed

Every year we see reports about a bear with a jar on its head and while somewhat funny, it's not a laughing matter to the bear.
Bear With a Jar on Its Head Captured, Released Unharmed

Every year we see a couple of reports about a bear with a jar on its head or some kind of bucket around its neck, and while somewhat funny it's not a laughing matter to the bear.

Nor, of course, to the wildlife officials who try to render assistance. A bear isn't an easy critter to wrangle to remove a bucket stuck on its melon. I figure it would be like trying to separate a couple of big, mature bucks with locked antlers or a help a moose with a swing set or fence wrapped around its antlers.

Officials with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service are the latest to deal with such an encounter. Along with the Maryland Natural Resources Police, a crew sought a black bear with a jar on its head for three days. The bear had been seen several times in the McHenry, Maryland, area.

Nicknamed (because, what else?) "Buckethead," the DNR team was able to find and tranquilze the bear. It was a 100-pound male cub. After it was tranquilized, the plastic bucket was removed and the bear was released.

It was located near Wisp Resort in McHenry during the annual Autumn Glory Festival.

“The crowd was very happy to see the cub safely handled and reunited with the sow and another cub,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said in a release. “Our response staff did an outstanding job dealing with this very public situation, and handled it in a most professional and responsible manner.”

 

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