Bear Cub Rescued After Head Gets Stuck in Cookie Jar

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NJ Department of Environmental Protection

A frightened bear cub was rescued from a tree in northern New Jersey after getting its head stuck in an oversized cookie jar while rummaging through some trash.

Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese says the 6-month-old cub apparently found the animal cracker jar in a Ringwood neighborhood on Friday night.

As the 28-pound animal tried to eat what remained in the jar, he apparently pulled the jar over his head and it got stuck.

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The cub became spooked when approached and went up a nearby tree, but got wedged about 40 feet up.

DEP staffers arranged netting in case the bear fell to the ground.

After the animal was tranquilized by a DEP biologist, it was brought down and local firefighters gingerly cut the jar off its head.

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