BOISE – A black bear cub rescued from a fire in the Idaho backcountry after suffering second-degree burns on all four of its paws has been moved to a wildlife sanctuary outside the mountain resort town of McCall and is expected to make a full recovery, officials said Monday.
The bear nicknamed “Boo Boo” is being housed in a 2-acre enclosure with another cub and is doing very well, said Linda DeEulis, director of the Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary. The bear was brought to the sanctuary Friday.
He first spent two weeks recuperating at the Idaho Humane Society shelter in Boise after he was discovered in late August, clinging to a tree. DeEulis was worried at first about the bear’s ability to climb, but those concerns were quickly put to rest after he arrived at the sanctuary.
“He’s doing fine; the first thing he did was run up a tree,” she said.
DeEulis and an Idaho Department of Fish and Game official predicted that it might be next spring before the bear puts on enough weight to go out on his own.
The cub weighed about 25 pounds and likely hadn’t eaten for several days when he was found. The bear has since gained about 20 pounds and the burned paws appear to be healing nicely, said Evin Oneale, with the state Department of Fish and Game.
While veterinarians at the Idaho Humane Society rechristened the bear “Bernard,” state wildlife officials still refer to him as Boo Boo.