A brown bear that managed to get itself tangled in power cables after climbing an electrical pole in Willcox, Arizona, was rescued by a lineman with the help of a fiberglass stick.
After residents in the area spotted the animal struggling on the utility pole, they alerted Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, a utility company based in the southern Arizona city of Willcox, according to Associated Press.
According to a company lineman, the power in the area had to be cut temporarily before starting the rescue operation.
A company lineman named Werner Neubauer then went up the bole on a buck lift and used an 8-foot long fiberglass stick to nudge the bear to come down. “I think I told him I was gonna help him get down the pole. I know he couldn’t understand me. But it did get his attention,” Neubauer was quoted as saying by the news agency.
The bear grabbed and bit the fiberglass stick a few times before climbing down. It then immediately took off for the desert. Fortunately, it didn't suffer any injuries.
This is the second time in the past few weeks that a bear was found stuck on an electrical pole in Arizona.
Earlier in May, residents of a small border city in Arizona were left in disbelief after a bear made a surprise appearance in their neighbourhood and went on to climb an electrical pole.
State wildlife officials, Douglas police, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, and US Border Patrol had to close US Highway 191 in order to try to get the bear to leave.
However, the bear was seemingly unfazed by the reactions of the people and eventually climbed down and ran away. Due to this, there was panic among two dozen onlookers. Luckily, no injuries were reported.