Cub’s Encounter With Cookie Jar Was Too Close

RINGWOOD, N.J. (July 2, 2014) A frightened bear cub got its head stuck in an oversized cookie jar while rummaging through some trash and had to be rescued after scampering up a tree and getting stuck 40 feet off the ground in New Jersey.

The 6-month-old cub evidently found the animal crackers jar Friday night in Ringwood, N.J., near the New York border, Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese said.

As the 28-pound animal tried to eat what remained in the jar, he pulled it over his head and it got stuck.

The cub became spooked when approached and went up a tree, but got wedged about 40 feet up.

DEP staffers arranged netting in case the bear fell to the ground.

After the animal was tranquilized by a DEP biologist, it was brought down and local firefighters gingerly cut the jar off its head.


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