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Burned bear cub recovering in Idaho sanctuary, may be released in June

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 (http://bit.ly/Tn8OO3) 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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Information from: Ravalli Republic, http://www.ravallirepublic.com

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