Aug 30, 2012 2:03 PM by Elaine Sheridan

Burned baby bear rescued in Idaho

"Boo Boo" the bear may have been rescued from a wildfire-charred forest, but he's not out of the woods yet.

The black bear cub that was orphaned and severely burned by the 180,000-acre Mustang Complex fire in central Idaho over the weekend is in safe hands with the Idaho state veterinarian, Mark Drew, but the young animal still needs a home.

"We're still in the hunt for a place for the little bear to land," said Idaho Fish and Game spokesman Evin Oneale. "Dr. Drew is checking out a few places locally that he thinks might be a good fit."

The cub was rescued by U.S. Forest Service workers and wildland firefighters on Saturday after a fisherman spotted it in a tree near the Salmon River. The cub hadn't eaten anything for days, and its mother was nowhere to be found. The cub's feet were blistered with second-degree burns.

After being nicknamed Boo Boo by Forest Service river checker Emily Atlas, the bear was transported to Drew's office.

Initially, Drew had taken Boo Boo and another abandonded cub to the Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, a nonprofit rehabilitation center for injured and orphaned animals near McCall, but the center wasn't equipped to provide care for a bear with such severe burns.



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