Tricia Hurt, her husband Brian and son Brady were out fishing on Marsh-Miller Lake on Sunday when they ran into the troubled black bear.
“We knew that if we hadn’t done something, we’re pretty sure it wouldn’t have come ashore,” Tricia Hurt told CNN. “It was really stuffy and swollen, said my husband.”
The family came up behind the bear and Brian pulled up the tub but lost his grip, but realized that the bear’s ear was loose. They went back around the boat, and after one last tug the bear was free and swam safely on the shore.
Hurt said the whole ordeal lasted about five minutes.
“We were so excited! We did our good deed for the day. We will never do it again, and it was good to help the poor bear. You don̵
When they returned to the resort bar, the word of their courageous act had already spread thanks to some campers who looked on the shore.
The Hurts learned from the people at the bar that the bear ran with the tub on his head for three to four days.
The Wisconsin natural resources department had been contacted multiple times but had been unable to locate it due to the wooded rural landscape, Hurt said.
“We wouldn’t have put the video on,” said Hurt. “But we wanted everyone to know that the bear was fine.”