Bear removed from Pulaski Co. manufacturing plant

Courtesy Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
Courtesy Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources(Courtesy Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources)
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 4:58 PM EDT
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PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - A bear was safely removed from a Volvo manufacturing site in Pulaski County last week.

According to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, staff was alerted Friday to a bear that was about 20 feet off the ground in the rafters.

After assessing the situation, the division determined the odds were low that the bear would leave safely on its own and proceeded to immobilize the bear. Utilizing the help of the plant’s lift equipment personnel and safety staff, a DWR worker administered a chemical immobilization dart.

The bear was lowered using a forklift and platform, and given a physical health check. It then was loaded into a carrier and taken to a suitable site for release.

“DWR would like to emphasize that the first and typical option in most scenarios involving a bear that is treed or has entered a confined space is to ensure the bear has a good escape route and to remove people or pets (if present) a far distance from the animal. Given ample time, once the bear doesn’t feel scared or threatened, it will feel comfortable enough to leave on its own.”

The DWR determined its immobilization path would be most effective in this case due to the large number of employees on-site, the interruption to work efforts and the potential safety risk.

Visit the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources website for more.

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