MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When boaters in northwestern Wisconsin saw a black bear swimming in the lake with a plastic jug stuck on its head, they sped up to help.
Tricia Hurt posted video of the weekend incident on Facebook, saying that her family spotted the bear on Marsh-Miller Lake, which is about 30 miles north of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.READ MORE: Testimony Continues, Closing Up 1st Week Of Ex-MPD Officers' Federal Trial
In the nearly two-minute video, the family circles the “baby bear” with their boat, eventually gliding close enough to yank the plastic jug off the animal’s head.READ MORE: Apply To ServeMinnesota
“We saved our little bear!” Hurt exclaims, moments after the bear is freed. “Swim happy!”
Hurt reports that the bear made it safely to shore.MORE NEWS: Judge Considers Kyle Rittenhouse Request To Get Back Gun Used In Fatal Shootings
According to the Wisconsin DNR, the state is home to a thriving black bear population. There’s estimated to be around 24,000 bears, generally in the northern third of the state.