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Video: Man Uses Forwarder to Rescue Bear

In the hands of most people, forwarders are forestry vehicles used to carry away felled logs and other debris. In the hands of this lumberjack, it is the perfect machine to rescue a bear with his head stuck in a large milk jug. Manipulating the vehicle like a giant version of a claw crane arcade game, the man is able to successfully remove the jug from the frightened animal after a few tries. The black bear then quickly escapes, probably embarrassed about the entire incident.

According to the video, this “rescue” occurred somewhere in Wisconsin.

Image screenshot of video by Vern Styles on YouTube.

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  • bob

    impressed! people need to pick up their garbage and this wouldn’t happen!

    • Dawn

      Really? You don’t think that maybe the bear happened to get into their farm equipment….I mean, you don’t honestly think that is a milk jug you buy at the store, do you? Props to these farmers for helping this bear!

      • Dave

        Dairy farmers don’t use milk cans like they used to. There are much more sanitary ways to transport fresh milk. The only milk cans you see these days are antique decorations. However, a milk can would be an excellent container for bear bait. Wisconsin limits bear bait at 10 gallons — perfect for a milk can. I think I know why the bear put his head in the milk can.

      • Hans Pcguy

        Those old milk cans are still abundant around Wisconsin. They are 100lb milk cans. That’s how they used to transport milk before tanker trucks. The cans are still useful for lots of stuff so people keep them around. Now we know that they are good for bear traps too lol.

      • Ron Valiquette

        I wonder how they would work for catching liberals?

  • fredbyte

    Good job!

  • mtnhimike

    Good Job and impressive to think of how to get that can off the bear.

  • allosaur

    Intelligence, a job skill and imagination combined with a good heart. Or at least a couple of them?

  • SandyIam

    I bet that poor bear’s ears are just a ringing. Glad to see he was rescued. Good job Mr. Farmer.

  • Jake Pannel

    That is talent … a good machine operator.

  • John Hansen

    Killer job man. You rock.

  • ex-conn.

    bad part is he probably tore up the corn field

    • Jeff Anderlik

      A small price to pay. Won’t even amount to one bushel of lost corn, which today is less than $5/bushel.

    • wanda faye allen

      SO WHAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • bucky

        So what? That corn crop is a family’s income. Yes, it was right to rescue the bear, even though the bear was obviously scrounging for food near livestock and people. In Yellowstone, they’d have shot the bear as it was becoming a hazard.

      • Ron Valiquette

        It’s not corn, It is a POTATO farm… those plants are not corn stalks, they would be
        too close together if they were. Potatoes are tubers, so there was no
        damage done.

      • Down on the farm

        No it was corn

      • Hans Pcguy

        That is corn. It is still small. It starts out very small, about the size of a kernel of corn. Then you plant it and it starts to grow. It is small at first but it keeps getting bigger until it has corn cobs on it and they get ripe and you can pick them. Amazing isn’t it?

      • Ron Valiquette

        Yes it is, but I think they are too close for corn… I like the other explanations better, I never paid attention to sorghum before now.

      • xoxozo

        We ALL need to get int ouch with this AND disqus to complain about NOT SHOWING the DOWN VOTES.
        ex-conn needs a lot of them

    • Ron Valiquette

      It is a POTATO farm… those plants are not corn stalks, they would be too close together if they were. Potatoes are tubers, so there was no damage done.

      • guest

        Not POTATOs. Leaf structure isn’t even close to potato plants. More likely young sorghum.

      • potato farmer

        POTATO FARM?? LMAO!!!! Must Be A City Boy!!! It’s Corn Or Sorghum Crack Head… Still Laughing!! Potato Farm…Lmao

      • Ron Valiquette

        It was reported as a potato farm from a news source, just repeating what I heard. Maybe the other crops the farm has are potatoes… but it sure isn’t corn growing, I lived around corn farms in Wisconsin for eight years, dufus.

      • a k

        Maybe you did, but them sure as hell ain’t potatoes. Google “potatoe fields”. They grow in nice long mounded rows.

      • Ron Valiquette

        You are right.. it’s still the best video I’ve seen all year other than “24″

      • a k

        Meh. It’s all good, Ron. Grew up in Northern MN. I know corn and potatoes. And cabbage. And nasty Brussels Sprouts. Thanks for that, mom. Not to derail the vid, that was some way cool stuff. That poor young little bear would not have lasted long without water, let alone food. Cheers to ‘em for helping out the little fella. And props for using the tools on hand. Had they tried anything ‘manual’ someone probably would have gotten hurt. It’s all fun and games until…

      • Ron Valiquette

        Amen to that! What’s funny is my grandparents and my dad were from Canada and had a potato farm… I paid more attention to what I heard than what I saw..lol… So right about helping that bear, but after living in Wisconsin for eight years, I found that it’s just how they roll out there… lot of good folks.

      • shera

        “You say potato, I say pa-tot-o…”

      • guest

        I say tomato…now what do you say?

      • Ron Valiquette

        Tomato sauce

      • http://www.killcommoncore.com/ killcommoncore

        Crops are rotated, even on Potato farms. Sorghum is a regularly rotated crop.

      • Ron Valiquette

        You are right… and I agree… KILL COMMON CORE!

  • richard boyden

    My God bless this caring human being…rare these days! Semper Fi brother…you would have been on GOOD MARINE!

    • Kulture War

      Maybe he was.

      • richard boyden

        That would be a good thing and even make MORE sense!

  • wanda faye allen

    Awesome ! Good Job

  • jim beam

    bear is like ” no! get your own bucket!”

  • marshee

    There are some really decent people in America.

    • misterioso

      Aw shucks ma’am. Twarn’t nuthin’.

  • Mary

    Awwww, you made my dad!!!!!!!!!

    Bear Loves you too!

  • Mary

    You made my Day!!!!!

    Love from New Hampshire!!!!!

    • Laura Huffman

      New Hampsha

      • Ron Valiquette

        Have some chowdah

  • umpa

    Cool.

  • not Bob

    Bob, you sir are and idiot. Please do not make public statements again.

  • sissi212

    YAY! that was the best!

  • MiamiEddy

    Job well done. That’s one happy BEAR.

  • DCFait

    Damned poor camera work.

    • JanieBee

      It appears the video was taken from a vehicle, or a piece of moving equipment. No sane person would walk that close to a bear. An injured or frightened bear is extremely dangerous. The bear could have severely clawed a person filming the video

  • CrossDraw

    great vid. cool farmer destroyed corn to save bear.

    • Ron Valiquette

      Gee… dead bear or crop that grows back? Find GOD, HE saves….

  • C Roy

    This should teach the bear that crime doesn’t pay!

  • Jon

    I applaud these guys too but that was a black bear and they’re endangered. Some bureaucrat is going to end up fining these guys for interfering with an endangered animal.

    • guest

      Jon, where on earth are you getting your black bear ‘facts’ from? I’m hoping that you were just making a joke about them being endangered and not actually serious. Your statement could probably be made for the Grizzly in the lower 48 but not the black bear.

      • JanieBee

        Although he may be incorrect about black bears being endangered, Jon is absolutely correct about the intrusiveness and overreach by the federal government.

      • Guest

        I’m sorry if you seem to be confused on what I was asking Jon. We were discussing the endangerment of black bears or not. I don’t think that black bears are generally members of the federal government. However, if you are trying to start a dialog on whether it would endanger black bears if they were indeed to join the federal government then my hat’s off to you! Which department do you suppose they would be most likely to join. I’m thinking the Forrest Service or maybe National Parks and Wildlife but who knows, they may just move into lobbying positions like their friend Smokey the Bear.

      • Ron Valiquette

        JanieBee was making a point the government finds any way to intrude on our lives for any reason… whether it would be for digging a small pond in our back yard or de-hatting a black bear

      • guest

        Again, not on point. Not even part of the conversation I was having with Jon, therefore JanieBee’s comment is irrelevant to the thread on Black Bear endangerment…as is yours as well, sorry to be blunt. If you folks want to bark at the moon or curse the government that’s fine but it has nothing to do with black bears nor this thread.

      • Jon

        Sorry, my info was incomplete. Depending on the region some black bears are at risk (Asia and Mexico) but apparently not in the US.

      • guest

        Yeah…I was just trying to determine if I missed a really good joke or what…sometimes it’s hard to tell with text only. I understand that there are a couple of sub-species of black bear that are either endangered or extinct in the US. I think the Florida and Louisiana black bear are endangered. Other than that, the American black bear is doing fine and in a lot of states becoming a nuisance due to people encroaching on their historic turf. Have a good one.

  • xoxozo

    Bless that man!!!!

  • lmdk2

    On a scale ot ten, that ones a twelve !!

  • Ron Valiquette

    Awesome job by the equipment operator!

  • Frank

    You are my hero! Thanks for saving the bear!!!

  • Fred Keller

    Wow!! Good on you guys!! Far too many boneheads would’ve tormented/killed the bear….you guys did great!!!

  • jimbo

    Ok, it’s time for the Feds to swoop in and jail this guy on some trumped-up environmental charge. Just you wait . . .

  • elaine

    Thank you!!!

  • dixiedrifter

    This bear, while on camera, acted like most disoriented Democraps…..

  • http://www.killcommoncore.com/ killcommoncore

    GREAT Job by a GREAT Man!
    It wouldn’t surprise me, however, if he was charged by some Government Agent with interfering with wildlife or some such asinine argument. With THIS regime, no good deed goes unpunished.

  • hoohas

    Hire this guy to get Reid to pull his head out of his arse.

    • http://www.killcommoncore.com/ killcommoncore

      He would need more than a Forwarder machine….

  • Mark Moser

    Yea buddy!

  • johnny

    I see, it’s only an alleged “rescue”. Funny, what kind of open ended statement would you as Sholes have made about this good guy of he had just done nothing? People like you encourage people like me to NEVER EVER take any action in circumstances like this. The author is clearly a moron.

  • Linda

    A good man who knows how to use his equipment can pick up anything even an old milk can off a bears head. Good job!

  • TheCatIsFat

    Nice job guys!

  • Richard Riddle

    Thank you, sorry bout the damage to your corn field, hopefully it was slated for Ethonol.

  • yeolescribe

    Great video with a wonderful ending.