Two Bears Burned in Thomas Fire Spotted in the Wild

Rescuers brought two adult bears to veterinarians with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and UC Davis after the animals were hurt in the Thomas Fire.  (Courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Two female bears badly burned in a Southern California wildfire are settling back into their home in the wild.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said trail cameras and GPS data points showed the two bears were mobile and appeared to be doing well. When a Fish and Wildlife biologist recently stopped by to check on the pregnant bear, the den was unoccupied with no sign of a cub. Officials didn't know the bear's due date.

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The bears were released into the forest in January after getting care for their injuries. Wildlife officials used alternative treatments, including placing fish skins on their paws to promote healing and soothe pain.

Doctors used a tilapia skin treatment for the injured bears.
Doctors used a tilapia skin treatment for the injured bears. (Courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife)

A young mountain lion with similar, less severe burn injuries, was treated at the same time as the bears. Earlier this month it was relocated to Sonoma County to continue healing.

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