Man with lasso saves bear with cheese ball container stuck on head

A plastic cheese ball container was stuck on a bear’s head for at least a week before the animal got help from a quick-thinking man with roping skills.

A young bear was seen multiple times with a plastic jug on its head at various locations around the Four Mile area, according to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. But the bear ran off every time before wildlife officers could arrive.

Jim Hawkins, owner of Four Mile Creek Bed and Breakfast, saw the bear on July 15 and again two days later.

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Hawkins decided to leave some rope and gloves and keep his eyes peeled.

Someone saw the bear a few days later. Hawkins grabbed his gear and ran to find it. He threw a loop of rope around the bear’s midsection.

“It was like a rodeo,” Hawkins told the Post Independent. “The bear figured out his problem was at the end of that rope.”

Hawkins and the 100-pound bear wrestled briefly. The bear then gave up and ran up a nearby tree. Hawkins tied off the rope until wildlife officers arrived.

Carbondale District Wildlife officers were able to sedate the bear and remove the plastic container. They also used a drug to wake up the bear, which then meandered into the woods.

Hawkins suffered cuts on his arms that required stitches. The bear is also expected to survive.