Posted: May 30, 2013 11:46 AM by MTN News
Updated: May 30, 2013 12:21 PM
McCALL, ID - The black bear cub that was rescued from the Mustang Fire near Salmon last August with severely burned paws is now back home in the wild.
The Snowdown Wildlife Sanctuary, which has been caring for Boo Boo, reports the bear was released into a central Idaho forest on Wednesday after spending nine months at the sanctuary, recovering from its injuries.
Boo Boo couldn't walk when firefighters found him clinging to a tree. He was treated by an Idaho Fish and Game veterinarian, spent two weeks in intensive care at the Idaho Humane Society and then was taken to Snowdon. Boo Boo has grown from a 25 pounds to 95 pounds.
"He's in excellent health" reported Jeff Rohlman, wildlife biologist with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game who supervised the transfer. "He's 30-40 pounds heavier than cubs of this age typically are in the wild."
Boo Boo is wearing a GPS collar that will record locations as he explores his new surroundings and eventually settles into a territory, according to a news release. The collar is designed to fall off within a year so it will not interfere with the bear's growth.
Once it drops off, biologists will retrieve the collar and recover the data documenting Boo Boo's travels. In the meantime, Boo Boo's signal will be tracked once a month from the air by Fish and Game biologists when they fly radio location surveys for deer and elk.
(photo courtesy Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary)