WATCH: Bear rescued from top of utility pole in Arizona

WILLCOX, Ariz. — A bear that was stuck at the top of a power pole is safe and sound thanks to two utility workers in Arizona.

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According to KPHO and KOLD, the dramatic rescue occurred Monday in Willcox. After the startled animal climbed the pole, Sulphur Spring Valley Electric Co-op employees Warner Newbauer and Efren Gallego sprang into action, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Tucson office said in a Facebook post.

The pair “coaxed a young bear off a utility pole ... from the basket of their boom truck after cutting the power,” the department captioned a video of the moment. “The bear, likely startled up the pole, had risked electrocution but then ran away uninjured.”

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Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Co-op employees Warner Newbauer and Efren Gallego coaxed a young bear off a utility...

Posted by Arizona Game and Fish Department Tucson on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The department went on to encourage residents to call 623-236-7201 if they see an animal in distress.

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