Mama bear rescued from a tree just south of Berkshire


We missed this one about a week ago, but it’s too heartwarming a story not to share with you now. Animal rescues are always worth sharing, and this one is seriously awesome! It happened about 13 miles south of Great Barrington, just over the Massachusetts-Connecticut border in North Canaan.

Mom Bthe ear was glued just behind the town hall building…

According to a post on the Connecticut State Police’s B Troop Facebook page, officers from the New Hartford Resident Troopers Office on Wednesday of last week were notified that a bear was stuck in a tree behind North Canaan Town Hall. Constables were able to verify that a female bear had fallen from the top of the tree and somehow got stuck between two large sections of the tree.

CT State Police, B Troop Facebook

CT State Police, B Troop Facebook

(Above: Mama bear stuck between a section of tree)

In addition to this problem, two cubs in the tree did not leave their mother’s side. They had climbed much higher in the tree. As you can see in the video, they stayed close while mom was stuck.

(Embedded video from Connecticut State Police Troop B North Canaan’s Facebook page)

A non-lethal impact cartridge was to be used…

According to the message, conservation officers from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection have been contacted and asked to respond and help remove the bear and her cubs. Due to the proximity of the town hall and its visitors, it was deemed necessary to use a non-lethal impact bullet (bean bag) in an attempt to move the bears.

It was a happy ending…

The happy ending to this story is that all of the bears, mom and cubs made it safely out of the tree with no apparent injuries and then walked away from the populated city center on their own. Yay for happy endings!

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