Bear found abandoned, burned by Idaho wildfire

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by KTVB, KING, Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 5:23 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 8:43 AM

NORTH FORK, Idaho -- U.S. Forest Service personnel in southern Idaho are nursing an injured and abandoned bear cub back to health.

The 25-pound bear nicknamed "Boo Boo" was discovered Sunday night all alone and clinging to a tree in an area recently scorched by the Mustang Complex Fire.

Conservation officers say the bear's paws were blistered with second-degree burns.

"When you have a 150,000 acre fire, there's bound to be wildlife interaction," said Williams.

When it was found, the cub hadn't eaten in four or five days. They believe it likely lost it's mother.

A fisherman first spotted the bear cub wandering the remote trails near a popular raft put-in about 30 miles west of Salmon, Idaho.

Chris Gaughan, Regional Wildlife Biologist for Idaho Fish and Game in Salmon, brought the bear to state veterinarian Dr. Mark Drew for examination at the Garden Valley Ranger Station.

Drew is expected to assess the bear, and may transport it to a different wildlife treatement center.

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