Connecticut is home to over 1,200 black bear who are naturally curious animals. They will sniff and poke their heads into empty containers in search of food – which can lead to a dangerous situation.
DEEP Wildlife biologists immediately responded to a report of a bear cub spotted with its head stuck in a tight plastic jug.
Connecticut Fish and Wildlife shared the rescue story and wrote, “Given the warm weather and tight fit of the container, it was important to try and free the cub quickly.”
The young bear was up in a tree when officials arrived, so they waited for it to come down before tranquilizing it. They removed the jug and thankfully the cub was unharmed.
“Once freed, the cub quickly found its mother who was waiting nearby,” shared wildlife officials.
People praised the rescuers for their fast action and were shocked that mama bear didn’t interfere. Instead, she kept a close eye on her cub from a distance.
Connecticut is not only home to a growing population of black bears but is the fourth most densely populated state in the United States. This means that humans must learn to live alongside bears.
To ensure the safety of residents and bears, the state posted tips on what to do if you encounter a bear and how to properly dispose of trash.
Bears will rummage through garbage, so it is important that humans properly dispose of items and use bear-proof trash cans.
Officials also advise people to “store garbage in secure, airtight containers inside a garage or other enclosed storage area. Adding ammonia to trash cans and bags will reduce odors that attract bears. Periodically clean garbage cans with ammonia to reduce residual odor. Do not store recyclables in a porch or screened sunroom as bears can smell these items and will rip screens to get at them. Garbage for pickup should be put outside the morning of collection and not the night before.”
Learn more tips and how to be BearWise here.
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