Monday 26 September 2016

Black bear hitches a ride on the back of a rubbish truck for 65 miles

Published 24/12/2015 | 07:30

A black bear sits in the back of a transport trailer after it was tranquilized by wildlife biologists at the Orange Avenue Disposal in Fresno, Calif
A black bear sits in the back of a transport trailer after it was tranquilized by wildlife biologists at the Orange Avenue Disposal in Fresno, Calif

A black bear crawled inside a rubbish compactor and took the ride of its life, travelling about 65 miles to a dump in central California where it briefly ran free.

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Officers in Fresno went to a disposal site on Tuesday after getting a report of a large bear running loose. The bear got into a rubbish compactor that was picked up by a disposal truck in the Hume Lake area earlier in the day.

A juvenile black bear sits in the back of a pickup truck after he was tranquilized by wildlife biologists at the Orange Avenue Disposal in Fresno, Calif
A juvenile black bear sits in the back of a pickup truck after he was tranquilized by wildlife biologists at the Orange Avenue Disposal in Fresno, Calif

The driver wasn't aware that the bear was inside the compactor. Officials say it was either sleeping there or rifling through the rubbish.

Police and California Department of Fish and Wildlife employees eventually captured the animal after tranquillising it. Neither the bear nor any people were injured.

California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife biologist Dan Fidler, center, loads a black bear onto a pickup truck after tranquilizing it at the Orange Avenue Disposal in Fresno, Calif. The black bear crawled inside a trash compactor and took the ride of its life on a garbage truck, traveling about 65 miles to a dump in central California where it briefly ran free
California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife biologist Dan Fidler, center, loads a black bear onto a pickup truck after tranquilizing it at the Orange Avenue Disposal in Fresno, Calif. The black bear crawled inside a trash compactor and took the ride of its life on a garbage truck, traveling about 65 miles to a dump in central California where it briefly ran free

The bear is being returned to Hume Lake.

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