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Friday 19 September 2014

Bear took nap on electricity pole after being chased by dogs

Published 30/05/2014 | 23:16

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The bear was worn out from being chased by a pair of dogs, according to an electricity firm.

A black bear decided to take a nap atop a power pole in a rural part of Canada last Friday, after he was worn out from being chased by a pair of dogs, according to an electricity firm.

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The dozing creature was spotted by a passer-by, who alerted the company responsible for the pylon.

Soon, crews were sent to the scene in Shellbrook, Saskatchewan, to decide how to deal with the enormous animal.

Tyler Hopson, a spokesman from SaskPower which operates the pole, told Canada's MetroNews: “I guess the bear decided that climbing the power pole would be a good escape route [from the dogs].”

“By the time our crew got on site, the bear was already on top of the pole and he was awake initially, and got fairly comfortable it seems and decided to have a bit of a nap.”

Although bears are known to roam the rural province, it is rare to find an animal sleeping on top of a power pole, he said.

“He did manage to get down from the pole safely,” Hopson said, “and is not injured as far as we know and didn’t do any damage to the pole or cause any sort of power outage.”

“Safety around power lines is always very important,” he warned, adding: “there certainly was some danger to the bear, had he touched any of the live wires."

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