Bear spent weeks with jar over head

July 21, 2011 at 1:18 PM

NEWPORT, Tenn., July 21 (UPI) -- Animal authorities in Tennessee said they were able to track down and help a bear that had a plastic jar stuck on its head for at least three weeks.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said they received the first report of a bear with a plastic jar stuck over its head June 28 near the Newport water plant and the animal was next spotted in the same area July 4, The Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel reported Thursday.

However, the bear evaded officers until Cocke County wildlife officer Shelley Hammonds responded to a report and was able to tranquilize the animal near a pawn shop in downtown Newport.

The jar was removed and the bear was released after the tranquilizer effects wore off. Officials said the bear was about 85 pounds underweight.

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