21 Jul '11, 3am

Bear's Head Freed From Jar After Three-Week Search

By the time the TWRA officer arrived to save the bear from its dire straits, it was nowhere to be found. It seemed, perhaps, that the bear was able to free itself, but that was not the case. About a week later, a slew of calls came in to report of an encased bear wandering throughout rural Cocke County, Tennessee. Again, Hammond went to track it down, only to discover the bear had slipped out of sight. With that failed second attempt, according to The Chattanoogan , the wildlife officer's oddest animal rescue mission had only just begun, and she knew failure would cost the bear its life: A similar trend of near-captures continued over the next week-and-a-half leaving officers with only handfuls of bear hair as it repeatedly eluded their grasps. On one occasion, Hammonds even got a shot at the bear but the tranguilizer dart missed its mark. She feared the bear was going to ...

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