DURANGO, Colo. – An orphaned bear cub will get a chance to return to the wild following action by firefighters and Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff in the midst of the 416 fire burning north of Durango. A female cub which suffered severe burns to its feet in the fire is now being treated at CPW’s Frisco Creek wildlife facility near Del Norte in the San Luis Valley. “When the bear was brought in I wasn’t sure if it was going to make it,” said Michael Sirochman, manager of the Frisco Creek facility. “But she’s responding very well to treatment and by winter we believe we’ll be able to return her to the wild.” During the week of June 18 firefighters on the 416 fire noticed the young bear wandering alone through a burned area while they worked on the south end of the blaze. When after a couple of days they didn’t see a mother bear nearby the firefighters called CPW. Wildlife officers responded that day, June 22, found the cub in a tree and immobilized it with a tranquilizer dart. Except for the burns on its feet the bear appeared healthy.
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