A bear wandering around Mammoth Lakes wearing a recycling bin lid as a necklace was relieved of its burden Tuesday by wardens who first shot the animal with a tranquilizer dart.
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department, in a press release, stated that the 125-pound bear was located Tuesday morning, after a phone tip, in the Shady Rest tract.
The bear must have stuck its head in a recycling bin and could not pull its head out without tearing the metal lid free of the bin.
Mammoth Lakes PD and bear expert Steve Searles responded to the tip, and California Department of Fish and Game wardens were called upon to save the bear.
Once sedated the lid, which weighed more than 10 pounds, was removed. The young bear, reported to be healthy, was tagged and transported to a remote area, and released.
Had the lid not been removed, the bear would have had trouble eating and could not have climbed trees.
-- Hat tip to Sierra Wave