CRIVITZ, Wis. (WBAY) – This is the video everyone is still talking about today. We first reported on it here on Monday: a DNR conservation officer removing a bear from a cabin near Crivitz.

This keeper, Tim Werner, didn’t expect a viral video to make him a famous bear hunter.

“I saw the video, I was quite surprised actually and I had a good laugh about it,” says Werner.

Just before midnight on Sunday, Werner received a call about a bear that entered a vacation home near Crivitz through the kitchen window. The intruder snuck out while most of the family was asleep.

“The bear managed to pierce the screen and walked in, ate food in the kitchen, then eventually made its way into the master bathroom,” Werner says.

Werner says the surprised guests from Illinois woke up, closed the bathroom door, then ran out of the house and called for help.

“Our original plan was to try to funnel this bear – open the bathroom door, use furniture to funnel him to the front door and let him out that way. Unfortunately, the The bear didn’t cooperate with us and wouldn’t come out of the bathroom,” says Werner.

Noticing that the bear was only a juvenile and weighed around 120 pounds, Werner figured he could use a catch pole.

It worked, but not before a fierce, fierce struggle that ended with the bear released outside, unharmed. Video by Shane Gyger shows the bear was removed against his will from the home.

“I have dealt with wolves, bobcats and other animals that have been trapped and helped free them, but when it comes to freeing a bear from a home, it’s a first”, says Werner with a smile.

Bear encounters increase at this time of year as adults seek mates and cubs are sent off on their own. The Wisconsin DNR estimated there were 23,200 black bears in the state last fall.

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