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Bear cub caught in a jam is freed after Florida wildlife officials use dish soap, chainsaw

Florida wildlife officials helped a bear cub out of a “cub conundrum” last week after finding the animal with a paw stuck in a tree crook.

A bear biologist was called in to help free the cub from its “unusual predicament,” the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said on Facebook.

The biologist and FWC officer who initially found the cub worked for two hours trying to pry the tree limbs apart, all the while attempting to avoid the cub’s sharp claws and teeth, the agency said.

They even tried soaking the bear’s leg in dish soap, but none of their methods helped free the cub, according to FWC.

“You can help prevent negative interactions with bears and other wildlife by securing garbage, removing food attractants, and following other BearWise practices,” the agency said.

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