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July 22, 2011

Tennessee Black Bear Freed from Jar Stuck on Head

By Chad Love

A Tennessee black bear that's been wandering the countryside for three weeks with a jar stuck to its head is now free and 85 pounds lighter.

 
From this story on knoxnews.com
A black bear that spent three weeks roaming Cocke County with a large plastic jar stuck over its head has been released in the Cherokee National Forest 85 pounds lighter but otherwise unharmed. The male bear's predicament was first reported June 28 when an employee of Newport Utilities spotted the bear near the Newport water plant. Wildlife officials believe the bear's head got stuck in the large plastic jar while it was foraging in garbage. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency responded the next day but could not locate the animal. Almost one week later, on July 4, wildlife officers responded to reports that the bear was back in the same area, but again the bear disappeared.

Over the next week and a half there were sporadic reports of a black bear wandering around the foothills of the Smokies with what appeared to be a space helmet on its head. On one occasion a wildlife officer even shot at the bear with a tranquilizer gun, only to see the dart sail over the animal's back. In the following days 50 calls poured into the Cocke County 911 Center and the TWRA office as the bear was spotted around the lower English Creek area near Cosby. On July 16, Cocke County wildlife officer Shelley Hammonds learned that the bear was still alive and had traveled over or around English Mountain to the Carson Springs area. The next day Hammonds received reports that the bear had been sighted across Interstate 40 in Newport. As Hammonds drove to the scene, the bear ran in front of her vehicle, and she was able to dart it.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

great outcome! he had to be miserable.

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from 2Poppa wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

That was a good ending! A lot of sightings help his situation.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Listen Junior, Grandpa Yogi had breakable jugs in those days not plastic!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Thank god for modern marvels!

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from neuman23 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Glad the bear is okay, but I think he's been watching too much Winnie the Pooh.

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from country road wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I'll bet that was one thirsty bear when he was freed.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Too bad they couldn't "collar" him and check on his progress down the road. That is a long time to wander around TN in the summertime with nothing to eat or drink!

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from vtbluegrass wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

5 gallon cheesy poof jar will get you every time.

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from salmonslayer1991 wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

it was also nice that when they released him they had quite a bit of food around as to get him off to a good start

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from NorCal Cazadora wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Straight outta Winnie the Pooh! Poor guy!

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from tkbone wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Reports were that he wasn't thirsty because all the bears on Rocky Top drink their corn from a jar as well. His was just a little bigger than most.

It's amazing we don't see more stuff like this the way people trash recreational areas.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

How did they know how much weight the bear lost? I heard on the radio where they reported he lost 150 Lbs, this article says 85 Lbs? I know this is a bad ordeal but I think they should just use it as more of a "don't litter" advertisement than as a health report on a bear.

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from Dufoe wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

He must have wanted to be a Marine real bad. (Jar Head)

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from billyjo bondurant wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

this goes to show, that garbage needs to be kept out of reach of wildlife.

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from westjoel@sbcglo... wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Happy that all turned out OK. Good advertizement for anti-littering in the forests or anywhere else. Not all plastic jugs can be "bear-sized".

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from Nyflyangler wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

NOT smarter than the average bear.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

great outcome! he had to be miserable.

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from 2Poppa wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

That was a good ending! A lot of sightings help his situation.

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from neuman23 wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Glad the bear is okay, but I think he's been watching too much Winnie the Pooh.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Listen Junior, Grandpa Yogi had breakable jugs in those days not plastic!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Thank god for modern marvels!

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from country road wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I'll bet that was one thirsty bear when he was freed.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

Too bad they couldn't "collar" him and check on his progress down the road. That is a long time to wander around TN in the summertime with nothing to eat or drink!

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from vtbluegrass wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

5 gallon cheesy poof jar will get you every time.

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from salmonslayer1991 wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

it was also nice that when they released him they had quite a bit of food around as to get him off to a good start

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from NorCal Cazadora wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Straight outta Winnie the Pooh! Poor guy!

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from tkbone wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Reports were that he wasn't thirsty because all the bears on Rocky Top drink their corn from a jar as well. His was just a little bigger than most.

It's amazing we don't see more stuff like this the way people trash recreational areas.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

How did they know how much weight the bear lost? I heard on the radio where they reported he lost 150 Lbs, this article says 85 Lbs? I know this is a bad ordeal but I think they should just use it as more of a "don't litter" advertisement than as a health report on a bear.

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from Dufoe wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

He must have wanted to be a Marine real bad. (Jar Head)

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from billyjo bondurant wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

this goes to show, that garbage needs to be kept out of reach of wildlife.

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from westjoel@sbcglo... wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

Happy that all turned out OK. Good advertizement for anti-littering in the forests or anywhere else. Not all plastic jugs can be "bear-sized".

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from Nyflyangler wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

NOT smarter than the average bear.

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