RARITAN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — For the third time in two months, a bear stuck in a tree put on a show for some New Jersey residents.

Officials say a 3-year-old bruin rested 20-feet above the ground in Raritan for about nine hours before officials were able to tranquillize the animal Thursday.

They say the bear climbed the tree after being hit by a car. Firefighters removed the bear using a bucket truck.

The nearly 300-pound bear is expected to be released onto state-owned land in Hunterdon County.

This is just the latest in a number of New Jersey bear sightings.

A black bear entertained Metuchen residents in June with a day-long nap in a man’s backyard that ended with the bear lazily coming down and walking off into 300 acres of preserved land.

Then in July, another black bear caused quite a stir in East Brunswick when it got stuck in a silver maple tree.

He was tranquilized and caught in a net by wildlife officials and was released in a wildlife management area in New Egypt.

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