Attempt to rescue bear stuck on power pole

Little animals can be very curious and mischievous, their instinct for adventure takes them to extreme places where their lives may be at risk. This is the story of a mischievous black bear that ended up on a power pole in Wilcox, Arizona-USA.

Fortunately, he was spotted in time by a utility company employee who quickly alerted his supervisors to give the bear all the help he needed.


The bear was a young male of about 100 pounds.


Warner Newbauer, along with an apprentice from Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Co-op, were dispatched to rescue the frightened animal who had become trapped between high voltage wires.

When the rescuers arrived on the scene, the first thing they did was to cut the power, then they strategized how to free the bear. The bear had already dispersed a crowd of onlookers when it came down from the first pole.

Bystanders and power company employees were concerned about the bear’s fate.


With great caution, the utility employees approached the bear from the basket of the truck. In this regard Warner wrote:


“When we arrived we found that the bear was in a very dangerous situation and could be electrocuted at any time. The lines near the bear’s head are a high charge of 7200 volts. If it had touched one of those, it would have killed it instantly.”

The bear first became frightened when it came down from the first pole; vehicle and pedestrian traffic made it feel vulnerable. It is likely that in an attempt to escape he ended up on top of the second pole putting his life at risk.


Fortunately, his rescuers employed the best strategies in order to free him, Warner talked to the bear from five feet away, he also used an eight-foot long fiberglass pole to encourage him to move.


“As we were setting up our bucket truck, the bear was watching us from the top of the pole, but when I started moving toward him in the bucket, he covered his eyes with his front paw as if he was trying to hide. When I got close to him, maybe five feet away, I started talking to him and then he looked at me.” Warner said.

After a long time, Warner got the bear into a better position and urged it to come down on its own. Eventually the bear came down and returned to its habitat.Authorities reported that this is not the first time a bear has ended up in electrical wiring in Arizona, others have been struck by vehicles. We are glad to hear that this bear was rescued in time and got the happy ending he deserved.


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