DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. -- A bear survived a close call on a Sierra bridge after oncoming cars spooked it, causing it to jump over the edge, KCRA-TV in Sacramento reported. The incident began on Sept. 15 when the animal was walking across Rainbow Bridge along old Highway 40 west of Truckee.
Two vehicles crossed the bridge, causing the bear to panic and to jump over the edge of the bridge. Somehow, the bear caught the ledge and was able to pull itself to safety on a ledge under the bridge, where it got stuck. Ann Bryant of the Lake Tahoe Bear League said that when she received a call to help, she had a difficult time believing the incident was true.
"I wouldn't have believed it either until I got there," she said Thursday as she recalled the rescue effort. At first, authorities decided that nothing could be done to help. But when they returned the next morning, they found the bear sound asleep on the ledge. After securing a net under the bridge, the animal was tranquilized, causing it to fall into the net. It was lowered to safety, after which it walked away.
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