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Bear visits houseboat, tries waterslide — and is rescued at Lake Powell

Young bear is rescued after being shot with a tranquilizer dart and taking a dangerous jump into the water.

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"With an adult bear it takes two to three minutes [for the drug to work]. This bear was in the water within a minute or so after the dart hit him," Nicoles said. "I got there faster than I thought I would."

Gustaveson, who has never seen or heard of a bear at Lake Powell in his 38 years working there, pulled the boat over to Nicholes and they got the bear out of the water.

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"My kids thought it was funny I went swimming with my clothes on for a bear," he said Wednesday. "My boots are still wet."

The bear, 30 pounds and born last winter or the year before, was a little skinny, but in good shape. He was fitted with a radio collar and released in a remote location in southern Utah, far away from people and houseboats but with plenty of natural food sources — namely acorns.

"We go every year, and we have seen a lot of wildlife: badgers, roadrunners, coyotes and rattlesnakes," Peterson said. "But never a bear."


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