The bear became frightened as it was crossing the bridge when two cars drove past. It jumped over the bridge’s rail and became stranded. The bear remained there for almost 24 hours.
Locals attempt a rescue by lowering a nylon net, bought from a nearby army surplus store, as the bear watches fearfully. About 100 people arrived at the bridge to see the rescue.
The rescuers shoot the bear with a tranquilizer dart before using a pole to push it into the safety net.
One of the local rescuers abseils from the bridge to ensure everything goes smoothly as the bear is lowered to the ground.
Finally the bear tumbles out of the net and sets off determinedly into the hills and mountains near to the ski resort at Lake Tahoe.
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