Burned bear rescued from wildfire in Colorado is expected to be released in the coming weeks

 Photo courtesy: Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Photo courtesy: Colorado Parks and Wildlife. (KKTV)
Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 2:53 PM MDT
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Wildlife officials in Colorado believe a bear will make a full recovery after it was burned in a wildfire.

The animal was rescued on June 16 by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The animal's feet were badly burned from the East Canyon Fire near Durango.

“We always hate to see injured animals, but we’re pleased we were able to rescue this bear so we can nurse it back to health and return it to the wild,” said Matt Thorpe, area wildlife manager in Durango.

A firefighter spotted the injured bear as it walked across a meadow to a pond. Wildlife officers were contacted and when they approached the bear, it didn't move at all.

“You could tell it was really hurting,” Wildlife officer Steve McClung said.

The male yearling had burned paws, but the veterinary manager at Frisco Creek doesn't believe the animal was permanently injured. It is believed the bear will be ready for release following rehab in about eight weeks.

On July 2, Colorado Park and Wildlife posted another positive update. The bear is reportedly doing well and has gained weight. It is expected to have its bandages take off soon and should be released in the next few weeks.

We received great news from our rehabilitation facility! The bear that was rescued outside of the East Canyon Fire is...

Posted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Durango on Thursday, July 2, 2020

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