Bear rescued from tree near NJ Turnpike

April 15, 2011 1:12:58 PM PDT
A black bear who was stuck in a tree near the New Jersey Turnpike has been removed.

The 300-pound bear was sighted in Hightstown, Mercer County on Friday morning. State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones says the bruin was first spotted on the shoulder of the toll road at 8:12 a.m. Friday.

Officials spent quite some time removing the animal from the tree. Jones says the state's wildlife agency tranquilized the bear, before removal.

People had started to gather below the tree to take pictures.

DEP spokesman Lawrence Hajn said the bear wasn't injured and was released into an undisclosed wildlife area.


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