Picture courtesy Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) - A black bear is back in the woods in
Tennessee after getting help with a problem - a plastic jar stuck
on its head.
State wildlife officers looked for the bear for three weeks
after reports he was caught in the unfortunate headgear. The
Knoxville News Sentinel said the male bear was roaming the area
around Newport, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
On July 17, wildlife officer Shelly Hammonds was checking
another sighting report when the animal ran in front of her
vehicle. Hammonds sedated it with a tranquillizer dart and the bear
collapsed in downtown Newport, where dozens of people watched the
The bear weighed just 115 pounds, when it should have weighed
around 200. It was released into the Cherokee National Forest.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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