If Dennis the Menace was an animal, he’d surely be a youthful black bear.

Cubs are kept in line by their mother’s vigilance, yet once they leave the maternal safety net, strange things happen. Young bears are forced to wander and find new territories by more dominant bears, and any food source or open cabin door they encounter is fair game.

Pennsylvania has one of the healthiest of bear populations, making the potential for black bear tomfoolery ripe. In this case, a curious bruin got his head stuck in a bucket and the thoughtful citizens of the Keystone State came to his rescue.

For several weeks a strange creature has been roaming through Clarion County, Pennsylvania. According to KDKA, residents would occasionally catch sight of a young bear with a bucket-shaped bag over its head. Disoriented, hungry, and virtually blind, the Game Commission received numerous calls regarding the bear. Finally over Labor Day weekend, a group of residents decided to take matters into their own hands and track down the unfortunate animal themselves.

The bear was easy enough to find, and the group of five friends were able to catch it without too much trouble. It took 40 minutes to cut away the bag.

“We all started hooting and hollering and were so excited that he was finally free! Mission accomplished,” said Samantha Eigenbrod, who recorded the encounter on her cellphone.

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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.