A black bear with its head stuck in a plastic jar is shown on the deck of the family home of Rob Paterson in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Tuesday July 21, 2010.
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LAMBERT ISLAND, Ont. - A young bear on a nearby island has a large plastic jar stuck to its head, making it impossible for the animal to eat or drink.
Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources says it has been trying to catch the bear since Tuesday night with no luck.
Rob Paterson snapped a photo of the animal as it wandered onto the deck of his summer home on Lambert Island.
Paterson says he's tried to isolate the bear without success.
He says local residents feel sorry for the bear and their first reaction is to help the animal.
They then realize it would not be a good idea to approach a bear.
"We've made every attempt so far to try to corral him or trap him or dart him, but he's very elusive," Paterson said in a telephone interview.
The bear is in this predicament because someone didn't do a proper job of recycling the jar in the first place, he added.
"Animals get into trouble when we don't do things the way we should do them," he said.
"Sadly, we've put this animal in harm's way with not discarding recyclable materials properly."
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