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NEW JERSEY – A black bear was returned to a remote part of New Jersey Friday after veterinarians removed a large arrow from its face.

New Jersey wildlife officials had been searching for the bear since last fall.

That’s when people reported seeing it walking around with an arrow in its face in New Egypt.

The bear was about three years old and weighed about 220 pounds.

A wildlife official said it should have weighed more – but it was malnourished because it didn’t have full use of its mouth.

The bear managed, nonetheless, to survive hibernation with the arrow through its nose, mouth and neck.

With the arrow removed, and now back in the wild, the bear is expected to make a full recovery.