A hiker on top of a snowy Alaska mountain said he saved the life of a bear cub by freeing its tiny head from a plastic jug in which it was stuck. Hiker Michael Schuler trekked up Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain with his dog, Josie, to do some informal avalanche testing and was about 10 feet from the peak when he saw something in the snow. At first it looked human but then realized it was an animal, Schuler said. He had his cell phone but was unsuccessful in contacting wildlife authorities and decided to take matters into his own hands. Schuler tried holding onto the jar and letting the cub pull, then tried pulling while the cub also pulled, and then tried picking up the jar and shaking it a bit. Nothing worked. That’s when Schuler used his ice axe to anchor the jar into the snow. He then sat on the bear and cut the jar open with a work knife. He said the tiny 10-pound cub “popped out, backed up, spun around” and fled into the trees.