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Good news bear: BooBoo heading back to the woods

BooBoo, the injured bear cub rescued from an Idaho wildfire with burned paws, is recovering well from his injuries (Idaho Fish & Game)
BooBoo, the injured bear cub rescued from an Idaho wildfire with burned paws, is recovering well from his injuries (Idaho Fish & Game)

There's good news on the bear front: BooBoo is heading back to the woods. Idaho Fish & Game reported today that the injured bear cub, who was rescued by firefighters after he was found clinging to a tree with four badly burned paws amid the Mustang Complex wildfire, left the Idaho Humane Society shelter in Boise where he was recuperating, en route to a wildlife sanctuary in the mountains outside McCall. There, he'll have the run of a two-acre enclosure of forest, and if he continues to heal well, he could be released to the wild, possibly as soon as later this fall.

The bear cub's weight has doubled since he was rescued, from 23 pounds to 46 pounds, and as this photo shows, he's looking much heartier. Click below for the full announcement from Idaho Fish & Game.

News Release

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

600 South Walnut

P.O. Box 25

Boise, ID 83707-0025                                                             http://fishandgame.idaho.gov


“To Preserve, Protect, Perpetuate and Manage”


For Immediate Release


Boo Boo Headed Back To The Woods.

Injured bear cub has been moved to a rehabilitation area in central Idaho.

Friday, September 14, Idaho Fish and Game biologist Jeff Rohlman picked up the young bruin at the Humane Society shelter in Boise where he has been recuperating from second degree burns on all four paws.

Rohlman took the bear to the Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary in the mountains outside McCall. The sanctuary is dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. Since 1989 it has housed and cared for a range of large and small mammals and birds in distress from injury, loss of parents, or loss of habitat.

Boo Boo weighed in at 46 pounds on Friday. He will spend the first night in a pen about the size of a single-car garage, which is attached to a two-acre enclosure at the sanctuary. When released from the pen, he would be free to roam the enclosure.

If he continues to mend, he would be released to wild. Perhaps as soon as later this fall.

He was rescued August 26 by firefighters working on the Mustang Fire burning north of Salmon. His feet were badly burned, and he was treated initially at Idaho Fish and Game's Wildlife Health Lab in Caldwell.

The young bear has continued to improve. He weighed only 23 pounds when Fish and Game wildlife veterinarian Mark Drew transferred the bear to the Idaho Humane Society on August 31.

There appeared to be no infection in any of his foot pads, despite second-degree burns on all four feet, Drew said.







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