'Boo Boo' the bear cub recovering, may be released

Dec 28 2012 - 5:51pm

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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game shows a cub black bear burned in the Mustang Fire north of Salmon, Idaho. The cub is recovering and may be released in June, an Idaho wildlife sanctuary an official said. The four-month-old bear nicknamed "Boo Boo" was discovered by a fisherman in a tree along the Salmon River in August days after the 312-square-mile Mustang wildfire complex passed through the area. The cub had second-degree burns on all four paws and was malnourished when U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Fish and Game workers rescued it. (AP Photo/Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Tricia Hebdon, File)
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game shows a cub black bear burned in the Mustang Fire north of Salmon, Idaho. The cub is recovering and may be released in June, an Idaho wildlife sanctuary an official said. The four-month-old bear nicknamed "Boo Boo" was discovered by a fisherman in a tree along the Salmon River in August days after the 312-square-mile Mustang wildfire complex passed through the area. The cub had second-degree burns on all four paws and was malnourished when U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Fish and Game workers rescued it. (AP Photo/Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Tricia Hebdon, File)

HAMILTON, Mont.  An Idaho wildlife sanctuary official says a black bear cub burned in a wildfire is recovering and may be released in June.

The bear nicknamed "Boo Boo" was discovered in a tree along the Salmon River in August days after a wildfire passed through. The cub had second-degree burns on its paws, and its mother was nowhere around.

The cub has been rehabilitating since September in the Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary near McCall, living in a two-acre enclosure with five other orphaned cubs.

Snowdon board member Diane Evans-Mack tells the Ravalli Republic Boo Boo's paws are still sensitive but the cub is climbing trees, running around and playing with the other cubs.

She says the plan is to release the cub after Idaho's bear hunting season ends.

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