Alaska Man Frees Bear Cub Stuck in Jar

8-pound cub near death on mountain

Mar 8, 2012
Outside Magazine

A man doing snow study tests on a mountain in Ketchikan, Alaska this weekend found and freed a black bear cub who had become trapped in a plastic jar. Michael Schuler was hiking and evaluating avalanche risk on Deer Mountain with his dog when he notices a small animal struggling to free itself from a jar. Schuler pinned the jar to the snow with his ice axe, then and cut it open with a pocket knife. "He was really tucked up, he was quite cold–totally snow covered," Schuler said. The bear ran off once freed. In July, a Tennessee wildlife officer rescued an adult black bear from plastic jar that had been stuck on its head for three weeks.