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Bear Gets Head Stuck in Cookie Jar

Updated: Wednesday, July 2 2014, 02:56 PM CDT

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RINGWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- State environmental staffers came to the rescue when a young black bear cub got his head stuck in an oversized jar and had to be rescued from a tree in northern New Jersey.

Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese says it appears that the 6-month-old cub found the animal crackers jar in a trash can 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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