My father-in-law forwarded this story of a wayward bear and the people who saved him:
The black bear had tried to cross the two-lane California highway on Sept. 15. But…cars approaching in both lanes honked, and the scared bear climbed over the concrete railing. Somehow in his panic, the bear reached the bridge arch, a few feet in from the car deck edge.
“We were very impressed with what he did,” said Dave Baker, president of the Truckee BEAR League, who was called in for the rescue. “There were scratch marks on top of the guard rail.”
Brooks said about every half hour, the bear would crawl to the edge of the arch and try to find a footing to climb down. “Everybody, including me thought he was going to fall,” Brooks said.
Brooks, Baker and others who gathered at the bridge that Saturday night realized about 9 p.m. there wasn’t much then they could do. When they came back early the next morning, the bear was still there, peering out with no place to go…
I’m always heartened when humans help animals instead of hurt them. This was a lot of work to save one bear. For the complete story of the rescue (with more photographs), check out the complete story at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.