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Colorado wildlife officials rescue bear cub from the wildfire, the treatment of severely burnt legs

The bear cub is expected to be released in the wild in the winter.

(Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

Officials with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) announced Friday that they have rescued an orphaned bear cub after it was found with severe burns on all four paws.

The cub, a woman who is about 5 months old, was first spotted by firefighters who are experiencing a wildlife north of Durango on June 18. After a few days, however, they saw that the bear’s mother was nowhere to be found, ask them to call CPW officials, according to a press release from the CPW.

Wildlife officials of the cub in a tree and immobilized her with a tranquilizer dart. She was later sent to a state facility in Frisco Creek.

“When the beer was brought, I was not sure if it will succeed,” Michael Sirochman, manager of the Frisco Creek facility, said in a statement.

However, the cub is now “responding well to the treatment,” he said, adding that they are likely to be returned to the wild in the winter.

Sirochman said the cub’s burns were severe. She is being treated with ointment, bandages, antibiotics and painkillers, and is eating solid food and a liquid milk replacement.

As soon as she heals, she will have the rest of her days at the facility with four other bear cubs, which are expected to be released in the winter.

“We are fortunate to return the young bears in the wild,” Sirochman said, adding that the CPW is “very strict about minimizing the human contact.” Excess interaction with people that can make it hard for the cub to survive in the wild, the agency said.

The wildfire that injured the cub has burned 65 square kilometres in the vicinity of Durango in the southwestern corner of the state. More than 2,000 homes were evacuated at one point, but that residents were allowed to return. In addition, five other Colorado wildfires prompted the evacuation of at least 650 homes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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