Burned in wildfire, Idaho bear cub healing well

Idaho Department of Fish and Game veterinarian Mark Drew bandages the paws of
Idaho Department of Fish and Game veterinarian Mark Drew bandages the paws of "Boo Boo," a bear cub that was found Sunday night by firefighters battling the Mustang Fire near Salmon, Idaho, at the Garden Valley U.S. Forest Ranger Station in Garden Valley, Idaho, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Drew said that the cub has 2nd degree burns on all four of his paws and needs daily medical care for the next four to six weeks. (AP/The Idaho Statesman / Joe Jaszewski)

BOISE — A four-month-old bear with paws burned in an Idaho wildfire is healing faster than expected.

The Idaho Statesman reports the bear could be ready for release from care at the Idaho Humane Society to a wildlife sanctuary “in a couple of weeks.”

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game hopes to eventually return the cub to the wild.

A short rehabilitation would be helpful in ensuring the young bruin doesn’t become habituated to people.

If the bear recovers sufficiently and and hasn’t become accustomed to humans, it could join four other orphaned black bear cubs at Snowdon Wildlifre Sanctuary near McCall.

Native habitat there would be an ideal halfway house, to prepare the bear for eventual release to Idaho’s backcountry.

The bear was found Aug. 26 without its mother.

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