Man lassoes bear with head stuck in big plastic container

In this July 20, 2016 photo provided by Sharill Hawkins, a bear who had a plastic container on its head is tended to by Carbondale District Wildlife Manager John Groves, bottom left, near Glenwood Springs, Colo. Jim Hawkins, a Colorado bed and breakfast owner, armed with just a length of rope helped save the black bear. (Sharill Hawkins via AP)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO (AP) – A Colorado bed and breakfast owner armed with just a length of rope helped save a black bear with a giant plastic container stuck on its head.

This July 20, 2016 photo provided by Sharill Hawkins, shows a bear in a tree with a plastic container on its head near Glenwood Springs, Colo. Jim Hawkins, a Colorado bed and breakfast owner, armed with just a length of rope helped save the black bear. (Sharill Hawkins via AP)
This July 20, 2016 photo provided by Sharill Hawkins, shows a bear in a tree with a plastic container on its head near Glenwood Springs, Colo. Jim Hawkins, a Colorado bed and breakfast owner, armed with just a length of rope helped save the black bear. (Sharill Hawkins via AP)

Jim Hawkins got his lasso around the animal’s midsection on the first throw. He said Thursday that he and the bear “did a rodeo thing for a while” before the animal figured out that Hawkins was the reason it couldn’t run away.

That’s when the bear went after Hawkins, leaving him with scrapes and a wound that needed stitches. It then scrambled up a tree, remaining there until officials arrived.

Carbondale District Wildlife Officer John Groves tells the Post Independent newspaper that officials tranquilized the bear and cut the container off its head.

It was released in the mountains and is expected to survive.

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