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Wildlife officials in northern Ontario are trying to trap a bear that has been roaming the woods for at least two weeks with its head lodged in a pickle jar.
Ross Johnston, a conservation officer with Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in Thunder Bay, said the bear has probably been unable to eat or drink and as it wanders around is likely only able to see shapes and some movement through the opaque jar.
bear looks pretty emaciated from the photo I seen, he said. don know how he survived this long without any water. Johnston said the bear may be able to lick condensation from its own breath inside the jar, but he said the animal will starve unless it found soon.
Wildlife officers want to tranquilize the bear with a dart armed with a radio transmitter, so they can track the bear as the anaesthetic takes effect, he said.
Mr. Johnston estimates the adolescent bear weighs between 25 and 35 kilograms, about 20 kilograms less than it should.
He said the bear has been spotted several times since it was first seen two weeks ago, but conservation officials didn get a good look at the animal until Tuesday, when a man was able to snap a photo of the bear after it wandered onto his back deck.
Sharon Paterson, whose husband, Rob,
took the photo, said he immediately wanted to rip the jar off the bear, but quickly thought better of approaching the wild animal.
if the bear mouth is covered, it not exactly safe to go right up it, Ms. Paterson said.
By the time wildlife officials arrived at the home on Lambert Island, about 40 kilometres east of Thunder Bay, the bear had trundled back into the woods, she said.
Ms. Paterson said the bear is in this situation because someone didn recycle the jar properly.
is our fault, and now we have to save the poor animal, she said.
Mr. Johnston said he dealt with jars stuck on the heads of skunks before but never with an animal this large.
In 2008, conservation officers in Minnesota shot and killed a bear with its head in a jar after it wandered into a town. In 2004, a Pennsylvania bear evading game officials drowned after getting a jar stuck on its head.