Published on: May 21st, 2013
A Colorado fire truck was used Sunday for an unusual rescue.
A 200 pound bear was up a tree in Aubrey Adkins’ Colorado Springs yard, KOAA.com reported.
Wildlife Officer Tonya Sharp told KOAA.com once tranquillized, officials usually just let the bears fall from a tree, but this female bear was higher up and through thick branches.
“First time ever for me, you don’t really train to get a black bear out of a tree,” said Lt. Mike Smaldino. “Just kind of treated it like any other kind of rescue that we have, we just have, we have systems that we can setup if it were a person and so we just kind of did that around a bear.”
A fire engine ladder was raised to the top of the tree and fire fighters and wildlife officers wrapped ropes and harnesses around the sedated bear and tied them to the end of the ladder. Then, slowly and gently, the bear was pulled out of the tree and lowered to the ground.
Wildlife experts made sure the bear was ok then transported her out of the area.
KOAA.com’s full story is here.