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VIDEO: Fair Lawn Responders Bring Sleepy, Tree-Bound Bear Down Gently

He was out, not down.
He was out, not down. Photo Credit: PHOTOS: Courtesy LUIS VASQUEZ
How it happened....
How it happened.... Video Credit: VIDEO by Jacob Mamo
Responders were ready.
Responders were ready. Photo Credit: PHOTOS: Courtesy LUIS VASQUEZ
Firefighter Chris Hoitsma with Sleepy.
Firefighter Chris Hoitsma with Sleepy. Photo Credit: PHOTOS: Courtesy LUIS VASQUEZ
Rescuers and friend.
Rescuers and friend. Photo Credit: PHOTOS: Courtesy LUIS VASQUEZ
Moments before release.
Moments before release. Photo Credit: PHOTOS: Courtesy LUIS VASQUEZ

FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Responders took an unconventional -- but effective -- tack to get a young bear down from a tree in Fair Lawn Friday afternoon.

Police and firefighters were joined in the Banta Place backyard by Tony McBride of the state Division of Fish and Wildlife, who tranquilized the bear as responders held a net about 30 feet below ( see video, above ).

Instead of falling, though, the little guy -- estimated at just under 2 years old and a little over 100 pounds -- nodded out on a branch.

So Firefighter Chris Hoitsma and McBride went up in the bucket of a fire department ladder truck, loaded the bear in and descended safely.

After coming to, the animal was tagged and taken to a state park for release.

Members of Fair Lawn Fire Co. 1 who brought the ladder truck were Hoitsma, Capt. Steve Sulcov, and Firefighters Mark Sulcov and John Blair.

Members of Fair Lawn Fire Co. 3 who responded were Capt. Walt Demeraski, Ex-Chief Timothy Franco, Firefighters Mike Salvini, Steve Buskiewicz and Michael Mullens and Probationary Firefighter Angela Bachman.

Tyco Animal Control also responded.

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