A bear with a cheese ball container stuck on its head was lassoed and saved by a Colorado cowboy.
When B&B owner Jim Hawkins saw a bear with a plastic container stuck over its head he must have thought he was dreaming.
It’s a good thing for the bruin that Hawkins didn’t waiver for too long, and that the Glenwood Springs Bed and Breakfast operator is quite handy with a rope. Hawkins said that they “did a rodeo thing for a while” before the bruin climbed a tree, but not before leaving Hawkins with some scratches and one wound that needed stitches.
Carbondale District Wildlife Officer John Groves and other officials were able to tranquilize the bear and then use tin snips to remove what was described as a cheese ball container from its head.
While this isn’t the first time an animal, especially a bear, has been found with a container stuck on its head, this may be the first time that the animal was rescued by lasso. Knowing that Hawkins was injured in the process should be a reminder to other like-minded individuals that rescuing a wild animal, while the right thing to do, can be a very dangerous undertaking.
Once the smoke cleared the animal was set to be released in the mountains and is expected to survive with no issues.