COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 20, 2013)—Firefighters in Colorado Springs, Colo., used a ladder truck to rescue a black bear that got stuck in a tall pine tree.
They had to wait until a tranquilizer dart took effect and put the 150- to 200-pound bear to sleep.
Then they placed a harness around the animal and suspended it from the ladder so they could lower it to the ground, State wildlife division spokesman Michael Seraphin said.
Tranquilized bears usually fall out of trees and are caught with a tarp or are low enough for wildlife officers to climb up and retrieve them.
This bear was tranquilized twice, but the first dart only made it climb higher.
After the second, it fell comfortably asleep in a crook in the tree.