Moment Florida bear is freed from plastic container stuck on its head

Moment Florida bear is freed from plastic container stuck on


Moment Florida bear is freed from plastic container which had been stuck on its head for at least a MONTH

  • The 250-pounds bear had been seen wandering in the area – with the container on its head – by residents of Golden Gate Estates, Naples
  • Concerned about its well-being, they contacted the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for help 
  • Fortunately, the resilient bear was able to eat and drink through the hole of what the Florida FWC believes was an automatic pet feeder
  • The bear was spotted just before midnight on November 14, and rescuers promptly darted the animal and freed it from the agonizing situation
  • After a day and a half of monitoring to ensure it was healthy and able to eat and drink, the bear was released in a secure area of Picayune Strand State Forest










This is the moment Florida wildlife conservationists freed a female bear from a plastic container stuck which had been stuck on its head for 28 days.

The 250-pounds bear was spotted by residents of Golden Gate Estates, Naples, who  contacted the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

After two sightings, bear biologists, law enforcement, and Florida FWC tracked the bear, but it wasn’t until three weeks later that it was seen again on a resident’s security camera.

Fortunately, the resilient bear was able to eat and drink through the hole of what seems to be an automatic pet feeder.

Florida wildlife conservationists freed a female bear from a plastic container stuck on its head for 28 days

Florida wildlife conservationists freed a female bear from a plastic container stuck on its head for 28 days

The bear was spotted just before midnight on November 14, and rescuers promptly darted the animal and freed it from the agonizing situation

The bear was spotted just before midnight on November 14, and rescuers promptly darted the animal and freed it from the agonizing situation

Eventually, the bear was spotted on a security camera, still wearing the container on its head and rescuers rushed to set new traps and started night patrols of the neighborhood to find the bear

Eventually, the bear was spotted on a security camera, still wearing the container on its head and rescuers rushed to set new traps and started night patrols of the neighborhood to find the bear

The bear was spotted just before midnight on November 14, and rescuers promptly darted the animal and freed it from the agonizing situation. It was then given antibiotics to treat the sores around its neck caused by the plastic container and released to a secure area a day and a half later. 

The Florida FWC posted the video on Facebook, with relieved residents thanking the organization for saving the bear from a slow and painful death.

When reports came of the bear wandering with a plastic container stuck on its head, the Florida FWC set traps and monitored the area in an effort to remove the container. 

Despite the ordeal, the bear was still in great physical shape, The Florida FWC said.

After a day and a half of monitoring to ensure it was healthy and able to eat and drink, the bear was released in a secure area of Picayune Strand State Forest

After a day and a half of monitoring to ensure it was healthy and able to eat and drink, the bear was released in a secure area of Picayune Strand State Forest

The bear had a wound around its neck and face where the container was stuck, but rescuers cleaned the injury and gave her antibiotics

It was monitored for a day and a half to ensure it was healthy and able to eat and drink normally, and it was then released in a secure area of Picayune Strand State Forest

The bear had a wound around its neck and face where the container was stuck, but rescuers cleaned the injury and gave her antibiotics. It was monitored for a day and a half to ensure it was healthy and able to eat and drink normally, and it was then released in a secure area of Picayune Strand State Forest

Social media users reacted with joy to the news of the female bear being rescued.

Social media users reacted with joy to the news of the female bear being rescued.

Israel Elledias wrote: 'As much as I despise them in my garbage once a week!! I love these bears and I am very happy it was saved'

Israel Elledias wrote: ‘As much as I despise them in my garbage once a week!! I love these bears and I am very happy it was saved’

It was monitored for a day and a half to ensure it was healthy and able to eat and drink normally, and it was then released in a secure area of Picayune Strand State Forest.

‘A big thanks to our bear biologists, law enforcement, bear contractors, and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office for making this a success. A great deal of gratitude goes out to the residents of Golden Gate Estates for working together to rescue this bear!’ the Florida FWC wrote on the Facebook post sharing the good news.

Social media users reacted with joy to the news of the female bear being rescued.

Israel Elledias wrote: ‘As much as I despise them in my garbage once a week!! I love these bears and I am very happy it was saved.’

‘OH THANK GOD, I drove around myself for 3 hours trying to find her…..THANK YOU FWC & everyone involved,’ said Debra Wagss.

The Florida FWC reminded residents of the area to be ‘BearWise’ and secure any attractants to avoid dangerous situations for bears.



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