Bear cub badly burned in Washington state wildfire to be released after a year of rehab

A bear cub found badly burned last summer in the largest wildfire in Washington state history has endured long recovery but is now ready to head back to the wild.

The animal nicknamed Cinder was found under a horse trailer after the Carlton Complex fire, her paws so scorched that she was pulling herself along by her elbows.

Now healed after stints at a California wildlife center and the Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation center near Boise, she weighs about 125 pounds.

Seattle news station KING-TV reports ( ) that Washington Fish and Wildlife officers plan to release Cinder on Wednesday near Wenatchee, Washington. She will be released with a buddy, a male cub she befriended in rehab.

Washington wildlife officials say she's healthy and looks great.


Information from: KING-TV,