Baby bear burned in 416 Fire released into the wild

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Baby bear burned in 416 Fire released into the wild

CPW healed, fattened cub; Now it’s up to Mother Nature
Matt Thorpe, with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, looks over the structure that holds the bear cubs after it was completed on Friday in the mountains west of Durango. They constructed a “den” site and placed a steel box – which held one other bear – in a remote location and covered it with hay, evergreen branches and snow. The bears will probably emerge in mid-April.

Baby bear burned in 416 Fire released into the wild

Matt Thorpe, with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, looks over the structure that holds the bear cubs after it was completed on Friday in the mountains west of Durango. They constructed a “den” site and placed a steel box – which held one other bear – in a remote location and covered it with hay, evergreen branches and snow. The bears will probably emerge in mid-April.

Baby bear burned in 416 Fire released into the wild

This baby cub was spotted in the Junction Creek area by firefighters battling the 416 Fire in June north of Durango. When it became apparent its mother was gone, crews called Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which captured the cub, treated its burned paws, and on Friday returned it to the wild.

Baby bear burned in 416 Fire released into the wild

After its paws healed, a bear cub injured in the 416 Fire was placed in a den with other bears. Colorado Parks and Wildlife released the bear Friday in the San Juan Mountains, where she is expected hibernate until spring.

Baby bear burned in 416 Fire released into the wild

A Snocat carries Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers on Friday as they return a bear cub hurt in the 416 Fire, to the mountains west of Durango. They constructed a “den” site and placed a steel box – which held one other bear – in a remote location and covered it with hay, evergreen branches and snow. The bears will probably emerge in mid-April.

Baby bear burned in 416 Fire released into the wild

This baby cub was found abandoned in June north of Durango, injured by the 416 Fire. Since then, the bear has been in rehab. She was placed in a man-made den Friday in the San Juan Mountains, where she is expected hibernate until spring.
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