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ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ (WCBS/CNN) - A scoutmaster made a costly mistake while showing some boys a cave in the woods.

Emergency radio calls shortly after 12 p.m. Sunday reported 50-year-old Christopher Petronino of Boonton, NJ, was bleeding from his neck, arm and head. He was trying to show a cave to three Scouts, and then a black bear suddenly bit him on the leg and pulled him inside.

The Scouts, all between 10 and 12 years old, stayed calm and called 911. The Scouts even put food at the mouth of the cave to lure the bear out, but it took nearly 90 minutes, and rescuers still had challenges.

Rescuers had to scale a rock ledge to get Petronino down. He was placed on a stretcher, put into a medivac helicopter and flown to the emergency room at Morristown Medical Center.

He was later released from the hospital and is expected to be OK.

Dave Oakes owns a nearby horse farm and grew up combing the same woods. He sees bears all the time, but he's never seen one show aggression toward humans.

"If you see a cave, then you should think twice, maybe, before going in there," Oakes said. "Realize that they could be there, and the last thing you want to do is poke your nose into a cave where there's a bear trying to hibernate."

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