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Black bear breaks into vacation home in Crivitz, Wis.;  the video of the director of the DNR removing it goes viral


CRIVITZ, Wis. (WLS) – Video of a DNR conservation officer removing a black bear from a cabin in Wisconsin is going viral.

This keeper, Tim Werner, didn’t expect the video to make him a famous bear hunter.

“I saw the video, I was quite surprised actually and had a good laugh about it,” Werner said. WBAY-TV.

Just before midnight on Sunday, Werner received a call about a bear that entered a vacation home near Crivitz through the kitchen window. The intruder snuck out while most of the family members were asleep.

“The bear was able to pierce the screen and walked in, ate food in the kitchen, then eventually made its way into the main bathroom,” Werner said.

Werner said the surprised guests from Illinois woke up, closed the bathroom door, then ran out of the house and called for help.

“Our original plan was to try to funnel this bear – open the bathroom door, use furniture to funnel it to the front door and let it out that way. Unfortunately, the ‘Bear didn’t cooperate with us and didn’t want to come out of the bathroom,’ Werner said.

Noticing that the bear was only a juvenile and weighed around 120 pounds, Werner figured he could use a catch pole.

It worked, but not before a fierce, fierce struggle that ended with the bear released outside, unharmed. Video by Shane Geyger shows the bear being removed against his will from the house.

“I’ve treated wolves, bobcats and other animals that have been trapped and helped free them, but when it comes to freeing a bear from a home, it’s is a first”, says Werner with a smile.

Bear encounters increase at this time of year as adults seek mates and cubs are sent off on their own. The Wisconsin DNR estimated there were 23,200 black bears in the state last fall.

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