Black Bear Rescued After Getting Stuck In Tree Near New Jersey Turnpike

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (CBS) – Crews were able to safely rescue a black bear who got stuck after climbing a large tree near the New Jersey Turnpike Friday morning.

The incident played out near Exit 8 of the Turnpike in East Windsor, Mercer County.

Police officials said the black bear was first spotted on the shoulder of the toll road shortly after 8 a.m.

The bear eventually climbed up the tree and stayed there until police and rescue crews arrived on scene. At one point, the bear climbed to a point near the top of the tree.

Crew members from the Department of Fish and Wildlife were able to tranquilize the bear and it safely stayed in one spot. (PHOTOS: Dramatic Rescue)

Four rescue members then used a large cherry picker and were able to load the bear into the bucket and lowered it to the ground.

It is expected that the bear will be released back into the wild after it is examined.

WEB EXTRA: Bear Rescued From Tree

Reported By Steve Beck,

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  • skippy

    Didn’t NJ authorize hunting of the black bears? That’l l take care of this guy!

  • D

    Judy, did you read the story?, The bear climbed a tree right next to Exit 8 of the turnpike. You’d prefer it were hit by oncoming traffic when it came down? How about a pile up of cars whle folks try to see it, or avoid it? I think in this case, they did the right thing and hopefully it is old enough to live without it’s mom and can be released where it ‘s safe for it and us.

  • bewolff

    Waste of tax payer’s money.

    • Zzbar

      Yes, waste of tax payer’s money.

  • Judy

    Why didn’t they just leave the bear alone and let it come down when it was ready? Bears are excellent climbers and don’t get “stuck” in trees!!!

  • Carolyn

    I’m glad they were able to capture him, and will release him back in to the wild.

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