WILLCOX (AP) — What is it with bears making visits to Cochise County cities recently?
A bear in Willcox emerged unscathed from quite the power trip Monday when it became stuck on a utility pole. It was the second time in a month a bear made a scene in the county.
Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative in Willcox was notified Monday morning that a bear was tangled in power pole wires on the outskirts of town.
Werner Neubauer, a Sulphur Springs lineman, said they immediately disabled the power so the animal would not get electrocuted. Neubauer then went up in a bucket lift and used an 8-foot (2-meter) fiberglass stick to try to nudge the bear to go down. He even tried talking to it.
“I think I told him I was gonna help him get down the pole,” Neubauer said. “I know he couldn’t understand me. But it did get his attention.”
After grabbing and biting the stick at times, the bear eventually climbed down and ran off into the desert.
According to Neubauer, there were no injuries, and the power outage, which affected residential customers, only lasted about 15 minutes.
When told the reason for the outage, he said several customers were understanding.
On May 9, a bear scampered around downtown Douglas and perched in a couple of utility poles, which resulted in the Douglas Police Department, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Border Patrol securing several blocks, attempting to keep the public safe while also avoiding agitating the bear.
After sitting in the second pole for a while, the bear climbed down and ran toward the desert with Game and Fish officials on its tail in an effort to push it deep inside the area.