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The Today File

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November 22, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Cinder’s paws healed; bear cub will spend winter in Idaho

Cinder at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care on October 7. (Photo Courtesy of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care)

Cinder at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care on October 7 – one week after her bandages were removed. (Photo Courtesy of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care)

Cinder, the black bear cub burned in the Carlton complex wildfires, is moving to Idaho for the winter.

The veterinarian for Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, where Cinder has been recovering since August, has released the cub from his medical care, and Cinder will leave Sunday for the Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation Center to hibernate for the winter, according to a post on the organization’s Facebook page.

In the spring, once Cinder’s now-healed paws have had a chance to toughen up, she will be released into the wild, the post said.

Cinder was found under a horse trailer in the Methow Valley, where a fire burned about 400 square miles and destroyed 300 homes. The bear had suffered third-degree burns on her paws. A state Department of Fish and Wildlife officer captured her, and a volunteer pilot flew Cinder to California. When she arrived at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care on Aug. 4, she weighed only 39 pounds. At her latest weigh-in, Cinder was up to 83 pounds.

Cinder, a badly burned, 35 pound, female bear cub, is put into a crate by Washington State Fish and Wildlife bear and cougar specialist Rich Beausoleil at Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee, Wash., on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. The cub was flown in a small, private airplane piloted by Bill Inman of Seattle, headed for a wildlife rehabilitation location in Lake Tahoe. The bear was burned recently in a wildfire in the Methow Valley. (Don Seabrook / The Wenatchee World)

Three months ago, Cinder was placed into a crate and flown to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care to be treated for third-degree burns suffered during the Carlton complex fires. (Don Seabrook / The Wenatchee World)

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