A video shared on Facebook shows the moment when forest agents help to remove a bucket that was stuck, for a week, on the head of a bear in Denver, Colorado (USA).
The bear spent an entire week running through the hills west of Boulder with a chicken feeder stuck in the head. When residents reported it, forest agents were able to track the animal.
The rescue was launched by two Boulder residents, Drew McConaughy and your friend Dave Sherman, who saw the bear while working in a cabin in the hills, reported The Denver Channel.
“We were sitting having lunch around noon and we hear a rustle in the forestSo we went down to investigate and saw the bear running through the woods, bucket on his head, “McConaughy said.
Once they saw what turned out to be a chicken feeder that covered the entire head of the animal, they alerted Colorado Parks and Wildlife agents. “We thought the bear was probably in danger,” McConaughy said.
They chased the bear and they cornered him until he climbed a tree, then they did their best to keep him there until wildlife officials arrived to proceed to the rescue.
When they arrived, officers used McConaughy’s ladder to reach the bear and then administered a tranquilizer so they could safely remove the bucket. The video shows the bear sedated lying on the ground while an officer cuts the bucket off his head.
“We depend a lot on the public to help us, reporting the activity and, in this case, helping us locate this bear, “Jason Clay, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman, told the Denver Channel.
Once the chicken feeder was removed, the bear returned to the mountainssaid Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “A bear, naturally, should be afraid of humans. The point of how this bear got into that situation in the first place is that it broke into someone’s chicken coop and got the feeder stuck on its head,” Clay said.
The wildlife center said it is crucial that residents do not leave home anything that might attract bears to avoid another situation like this.