A young bear cub was rescued after being spotted in Asheville with a plastic food container stuck on its head, officials said Wednesday.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said that once wildlife biologist Justin McVey got to the scene, the cub had climbed up a tree near a home. The cub’s mother was standing nearby.
McVey was able to safely immobilize the cub and remove the container.
After officials confirmed the cub was in good health, it was released back to its mother. A few minutes later, the cub nursed at a safe distance from the house.
Officials urge anyone who lives in bear country to follow the six BearWise Basics to help prevent these kinds of issues:
Never feed or approach bears.
Secure food, garbage and recycling.
Remove bird feeders when bears are active.
Never leave pet food outdoors.
Clean and store grills.
Alert neighbors to bear activity.
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