Bear Incident on Donner Pass

This bridge is on the Old Donner Pass Highway. It has a spectacular view of Donner Lake and Donner Pass on Route 80. The rest of the story after the jump.

Bear Incident on Donner Pass

A bear was walking across Rainbow Bridge (Old Hwy 40! at Donner Summit, Truckee) on Saturday when two cars also crossing the bridge scared the bear into jumping over the edge of the bridge. Somehow the bear caught the ledge and was able to pull itself to safety. Authorities decided that nothing could be done to help Saturday night, so they returned Sunday morning to find the bear sound asleep on the ledge.

Bear Incident on Donner Pass

After a net was secured under the bridge, the bear was tranquilized, fell into the net, was lowered, then woke up and walked out of the net.

Bear Incident on Donner Pass

 

 

 Bear Incident on Donner Pass

There is a moral to this story, you know. This old bear made a wrong move and found he was hanging by his nails. Somehow he was able to pull himself up onto the ledge, where he saw he was in a very bad, maybe impossible situation, and what did he do? Yep, he took a nap, and sure enough, the situation took care of itself while he was asleep.

Bear Incident on Donner Pass

The moral is that when you’re confronted with a difficult situation, sometimes the best solution is to take a nap.

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