Healed-up cub set free in for­est

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

A bear cub found badly burned last sum­mer in the largest wild­fire in Wash­ing­ton state his­tory has en­dured a long re­cov­ery but is now back in the wild.

Rich Beau­soleil with the state De­part­ment of Fish and Wildlife says of­fi­cials re­leased the 21⁄2- year-old cub nick­named Cin­der in a cen­tral Wash­ing­ton for­est. He says the bear was in good shape and “run­ning like a champ” near We­natchee.

Cin­der was found un­der a horse trailer af­ter the Carl­ton Com­plex fire, her paws so scorched that she was pulling her­self along by her el­bows.

Now healed af­ter stints at a Cal­i­for­nia wildlife cen­ter and the Idaho Black Bear Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter near Boise, she weighs about 125 pounds.

Cin­der was re­leased with an or­phaned cub she had bonded with in re­hab.

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