Bear cub gets head stuck in cookie jar in NJ

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The bear cub was rummaging through garbage when it got its head stuck in a plastic cookie jar. (Photo: NJ Department of Environmental Protection)

The bear cub was rummaging through garbage when it got its head stuck in a plastic cookie jar. (Photo: NJ Department of Environmental Protection)

RINGWOOD, N.J. (AP) – 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 crackers 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.

The six-month-old bear was tranquilized and firefighters cut the jar off its head. (Photo: NJ Department of Environmental Protection)

The six-month-old bear was tranquilized and firefighters cut the jar off its head. (Photo: NJ Department of Environmental Protection)

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.